Jürgen Klopp believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can draw lots of positives from his return to Liverpool's starting XI.
The 26-year-old made his first competitive start for the Reds since April 2018 during Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup showpiece with Chelsea in Istanbul.
Although he was withdrawn at half-time for Roberto Firmino, Klopp was encouraged by what he saw from Oxlade-Chamberlain's outing as a left-sided forward at Besiktas Park.
Speaking during a press conference on Friday to preview the upcoming trip to Southampton, the boss said: "It was positive, physically especially.
"We all know Ox, with the potential that he has, can have much more impact in that game, but it's normal after a long period.
"There can be surprising ups in a situation like this but there [can be] downs 100 per cent because you just need to get used to all the intensity and stuff like this.
"Positionally, he didn't play [there] for a while. Yes, in pre-season he played it from time to time and all that stuff. That's why I said it was my responsibility and not his because I made the decision to play him there.
"But he was good, he played a pass for us – a sensational chance of Mo Salah. I'm completely fine with it."
Klopp added: "Ox was maybe not overly happy that we took him off after 45 minutes. He didn't say anything, but I can imagine!
"But it doesn't mean anything, it's just that it was 45 minutes at that intensity, in that game, the first half was really lively. I think it was absolutely worth it, so now we have to carry on.
"He has to carry on, we have to carry on and then everything will be fine."
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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is "very optimistic" about starting Saturday's Premier League game against Southampton after he was injured by a fan at the Super Cup.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed Adrian's ankle was swollen after he was accidentally knocked over when a supporter who had encroached onto the field was chased by security.
Adrian is filling in for injured first-choice Alisson and emerged as the hero when saving Tammy Abraham's penalty on Wednesday night, and the goalkeeper hopes he will be ready to make his first league start for the club this weekend.
"Today I feel much better," Adrian told liverpoolfc.com. "It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running.Adrian celebrates after helping Liverpool to Super Cup success
"I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I'm] ready for tomorrow."
On his chances of starting at St Mary's on Saturday, Adrian added: "Yeah, I think I have many chances.
"I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better. But I'm very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again."
Earlier on Friday, Klopp was asked if the performance would boost Adrian's confidence, saying: "It would help him a lot if it was 100 per cent clear he can play tomorrow.Liverpool vs Arsenal
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"When we were all together (celebrating after the match), a supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his (Adrian's) ankle. It's crazy.
"Yesterday, it was swollen. Today I spoke to him and he said 'it's much better than yesterday', but we have to see.
"Apart from that, it was a brilliant night for him, not only because of the penalty but also because of the game."
Alisson's injury prompted Liverpool to sign Andy Lonergan on a short-term contract, and the former Preston, Leeds and Bolton goalkeeper could be in line to deputise should Adrian miss Saturday's encounter.Andy Lonergan may be in goal for Liverpool at Southampton on Saturday
Klopp said: "(Caoimhin) Kelleher is now in training as well, so we have them.
"If we have to make a decision, we have to make a decision.
"Adrian came in a week before, Andy Lonergan trained longer with us, played half-time in one of the pre-season games."
Klopp thinks fans should refrain from running on to the pitch to celebrate, adding: "There is no doubt about how much we love our fans, but if they all could stop doing that - it's not funny.
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"I like the fact that we don't have fences in the stadium but it means there is a lot of responsibility for the supporters as well.
"If one person cannot stop himself, then the people around should do it.
"You watch it (the Adrian collision) and you think, it's crazy. How can something like this happen?"
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Liverpool’s early-season defensive record is of no concern to Jürgen Klopp, who has detailed how his side are working towards reaching the formidable levels attained last term.
The Reds kept 27 clean sheets across all competitions in 2018-19 but are yet to record a shutout in the current campaign, with their three fixtures so far resulting in the concession of four goals.
Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton, Klopp was asked about this comparison and whether the number of attempts on goal opposing teams have had thus far in 2019-20 is a concern.
“It depends what you compare us to. If you compare us to August last year it’s not that big a difference,” the boss replied.
“It’s two things: I’m not sure how you felt after the game against Chelsea because the thing is they had a lot of finishes when they were offside and they don’t whistle them off when they don’t go in the goal, you get a goal-kick and not an offside situation.
“When we make the analysis of the game we see it was two or three yards offside, not only a little bit so that means it was good defending but they still have a finish which everybody counts.
“We know we have to improve, we know that we have to do a couple of things but a few things will just come because we are then longer together, in different situations and get used to it again. I said it before that football is unfortunately not like cycling, you can lose it a little bit and that’s how it is.
“We have to find back on our best path, if you want, and that’s what we try, but how I said, especially in the early stage of the season you always have to find a way to win the game. That’s all what you have to do.
“We played City, obviously one of the best teams if not the best team in the world. We played Chelsea, I think anybody who thought they cannot play football anymore learned it better now, they have an outstandingly good team. And we played Norwich, they had chances but that’s normal for the start of the season.
“We scored four and then we didn’t react exactly like you wish for but that’s normal as well, you need to get used to that, to control the game in a better way. That’s all normal.
“Analysis is important, criticism is sometimes important but it’s all about getting used to the situations again, working on the details and then everything will be fine.
“We didn’t get worse over the summer in defending - why should we? There’s no reason for that, it’s just that other teams have good players as well. We respect that and if everybody else respects that as well, everything is OK.”
Naby Keita has been ruled out of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday.
The midfielder sustained a muscle strain ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea in midweek and is not in contention to feature at St Mary’s.
“[He is] not available,” said Jürgen Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s a muscle thing and we don’t know exactly how long it will take. But he’s not available.”
Jürgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool will need to check on the fitness of Adrian ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Southampton.
The goalkeeper, whose penalty shootout save from Tammy Abraham secured the UEFA Super Cup for the Reds against Chelsea on Wednesday evening, sustained a freak injury during the resulting celebrations in Istanbul.
Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning the club’s medical team will need to assess Adrian’s ankle issue prior to the journey to St Mary’s.
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Liverpool's ability to get results when not playing at their best is crucial to their ambitions, Joe Gomez has explained.
The defender felt the Reds were below their usual standards during Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea, though they nevertheless came from behind and then clinched the trophy on penalties in Istanbul.
Jürgen Klopp’s side showed their resolve and determination on numerous occasions during their Premier League title pursuit and Champions League triumph last season.
While Gomez acknowledged a need for personal and collective improvement in the coming weeks, he took encouragement from more evidence that Liverpool can find a way to win.
“I think there were a lot of things we could have done better on a personal note and as a team,” said the No.12, who started the game at right-back and ended it on the left.
“There were a few sloppy moments and we obviously conceded two goals which could have been prevented. As a collective, we did not play the best football in the first half and I don’t think we got it down properly.
“There were phases we know we could have done better but at the end we all dug deep and tried to get the result.
“I think not even on our best day we can get a result, which is what has changed and why we got so close to the Premier League. We were not at our best in spells but we improved.”
Gomez continued: “Winning and getting it over the line is a characteristic of a big team and getting results sets you apart. We are getting there. Young players are getting experience of being involved in things like this. Hopefully we can use it.”
Liverpool flew back from Turkey on Thursday and face a tight turnaround before Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Southampton.
An unusually busy early-season schedule has come as a result of their success in 2018-19 and Gomez argued it’s a challenge the players simply have to accept.
“It is relentless but it is part and parcel to be at the top,” said the England international.
“You have to play more games than anyone else and if you want to get prime position you have to play more games. We want to do it and we want to work together, do our best for the team, recover, go again.”
Barry Lewtas was delighted with the attitude and application of his new-look U18s team as they started 2019-20 with a 7-1 win at Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
After several members of the FA Youth Cup-winning squad from last term moved up to the U23s, six players from the previous U16 group made their first starts at U18 level.
And three of them - Layton Stewart, Tom Hill and James Balagizi - each marked their maiden appearance in Lewtas’ XI with braces.
Stoke City are next up for the young Reds at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday and the U18s boss hopes his team can continue to showcase their talents.
Kick-off is at 11am BST and you can watch the game exclusively live on LFCTV GO.
Ahead of the meeting with the Potters, read Lewtas’ thoughts on his new-look team and that magnificent showing at Blackburn below…
On the opening day 7-1 win at Blackburn…
It was a great way to start the season. The boys have worked hard in pre-season and we played a number of really top fixtures as well. When you go into any opening day game you are going to learn about the new group. We played really well on the day and it was really pleasing. I know it’s a long season but all the work we did with the boys in pre-season makes it all worthwhile. It’s about maintaining that now and kicking on again.
On new No.9 Stewart scoring twice on his first start for the U18s…
Layton is certainly someone throughout all the age groups who has scored goals. Jack Bearne is with the U23s and Fidel O’Rourke is on his way back from an injury, so he got his chance last Saturday. Layton had a good pre-season and there was an opportunity for him which he had earned. I was pleased he got his two goals because I think for any centre-forward, getting off the mark is always important at any level. I was pleased with the goals but there were other parts in his game that I was also pleased with. It’s a start for him, he knows he’s got a lot of work to do but he has certainly come into this season with the appetite to learn, develop and improve.
On the influence of midfielders Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain, who were a key part of the U18s group last season…
You look at our team last Saturday and it was only Leighton and Jake who were regulars for us last season. There were two other second years who started but those were the two who had the most exposure last season. I said to them last season they were both first years and maybe at times the second years would get round them and give them their support. Now it’s their turn and their responsibility to lead the team in terms of how they play. I thought last Saturday the way they both played in terms of their range of passing, creating chances and the way we wanted to press, they dictated that at times. We expect that because of the exposure they had last season but I was really pleased with them.
They are both still young boys and if it’s the right opportunity for them to get a chance with the U23s then I certainly won’t be holding them back. My job is to continue to work with them and if they keep putting in impressive performances like that, they are only putting themselves in the right position for that opportunity. They have both got their feet on the floor. They want to play good football, they are happy and we are all quite comfortable where we are with the situation at the moment.
On the challenge he expects against Stoke…
We spoke to all of the boys in the meetings we have about how difficult all of the games are. We won a lot of games last season and the boys did fantastically well with the amount of points we amassed, but there weren’t many easy games and Stoke certainly wasn’t easy. I know we beat them in the league and the Premier League Cup but they were tight and tough games. The boys know we will be in for a tough game and we will prepare as normal with our focus as always around us. We try to develop players individually but also put that into a team. Our focus is always where it needs to be but when it comes to Saturday, as staff and as players we certainly won’t be underestimating Stoke City.
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