Jurgen Klopp on how strikers fit into his Liverpool team, updates ahead of Southampton

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has addressed the media ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told reporters that he is prepared to play two strikers up front when he has the options available to him, as the recently appointed Reds boss indicated he would be flexible with how he sets up his side.

Divock Origi has been leading the line for the side in Klopp's opening two games in charge, due to injuries to fellow forwards Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and in the long-term, Danny Ings. 

Benteke featured in Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan at Anfield, and hit the post late on to deny Klopp his first win since taking the top job on Merseyside.

The German told reporters ahead of this weekend's game with Southampton, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: “If all the strikers are fit we have four and we have to think about how we take that quality in our game.

“I don’t know if we play with two on Sunday, but it’s an option. Christian and Roberto [Firmino] had two training sessions with the team, usually it’s too early but they did well.

“Christian was unlucky with the post, Roberto became better within the game. Two important options for Sunday.”

There was some sort of indication from Klopp that he could be rotating his side ahead of the game, but he has stressed the importance of getting his first win on the board as quickly as possible.

One man who won't start the game on Sunday is Daniel Sturridge who continues to recover from a knock to his knee in training, but could be involved from the bench - in the same way Benteke and Firmino were introduced into the action in midweek - but says he hasn't progressed much during the week.

"We have to see day by day. If he can train tomorrow completely normal then he’s an option.

“Maybe not as a starter but he’s an option and I have to wait.”

The new Liverpool boss has so far taken charge of two games, both of them ending in draws - but he said the stalemate with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League was different to his opening goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

He remained positive despite not getting the win, and told the assembled media: “We saw two completely different games because of the style. The goal, we should defend better, but in football you have to make mistakes to learn.

“We played, we had more ball possession but against 10 it makes no difference if your opponent defends so deep. It was difficult but I saw many good things.”

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