Jurgen Klopp on younger players, the League Cup's importance, selection thoughts

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has addressed the media ahead of his side's League Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Daniel Sturridge is getting better, as he continues to nurse a knee complaint, but will not be fit enough to play a part in Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Bournemouth. 

After a relatively slow start to his Anfield reign which has seen his team pick up three draws from as many games, Klopp again emphasised his point about mentality, after conceding a late equaliser to Southampton, but insists he does have quality on his hands. 

He told reporters at his press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "In the decisive moments, we don't make the right decisions yet. But I don't have any doubt in the quality of the players.

"I'm surprised how big the steps we've taken are but everybody can see we want results.

"My faith in this team is really big and there is a good working atmosphere in this squad."

The Liverpool boss, of course, did emphasise the importance of his side winning games in the future, and for them to understand why they win. 

After a spell of three games which has seen only 12 players occupy a starting role, the German confirmed that he will make changes in order to freshen up his side, but stressed there is importance being placed on the League Cup.

He added: "I make the changes not because this tournament isn’t important for me. I make changes because I want to win the game.

"I’m not long enough here to understand English cups. For me it’s all the same, I want to win games.

"It's the most important cup in the world because it's the only game we have to play tomorrow."

James Milner is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend, and Klopp was asked about young central midfielder Cameron Brannagan, with the 19-year-old signing a new contract with the Reds on Monday, and he admitted to liking the youngster's style of play.

But he stressed that younger players need time to be brought through and developed, and pointed out that he can't draft academy graduates into the senior ranks simply because they are local.

“We have to learn we have to give these players enough time for improvement.

“It is a reason why I’m here (developing players). We all want the same, to be successful. But maybe I’m more patient than other people.”

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