Jurgen Klopp offers Liverpool fitness update, comments on Pulis spat, Benteke form

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp apologised for comments made to West Brom boss Tony Pulis during last week's 2-2 draw with the Baggies at Anfield, when the pair didn't shake hands after the final whistle.

Klopp seemed determined to draw a line under the spat as Pulis sarcastically apologised for playing three more long balls than the Reds last week - with around 30% possession.

The German was irritated by West Brom's approach to the game last Sunday which saw his side salvage a point with a stoppage time equaliser.

He told reporters at a press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "I have big respect for Pulis' work. I wanted to go to the players and be with them. What can I say?

“Sometimes you do things in football you wouldn’t do in normal life but it wasn’t serious.

“Everything different in those 98mins.”

There has been something of a criticism developing around a couple of players. Simon Mignolet has been in the firing line for his error that led to the Baggies equaliser last weekend but there is some discontent brewing about Christian Benteke, but Klopp has said the big Belgian is not operating at his peak, and commented on his movement and that Liverpool are playing in a different way to Aston Villa's side from last season.

He added: “Situation is that as a striker if you don’t get enough crosses then you have to move more.

“He had a long injury period.

"Benteke is only at 90% after long injury. I have time to work on it. He's young enough to develop."

In terms of injuries, James Milner has been ruled out of this weekend's trip to Vicarage Road because of a calf problem but no date has been put on his return, while Klopp has reported that Dejan Lovren's injury is 'much better' and could be available for the Boxing Day fixture against Leicester City at Anfield. 

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