Jurgen Klopp offers injury update, wants more concentration and gives January transfer thoughts

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Daniel Sturridge is currently going through a 'little pre-season' as the Reds striker was pictured back in training after his latest injury setback with a hamstring problem. 

Klopp also said that Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren are able to return to the side after hamstring and knee injuries respectively, but James Milner is still sidelined with a calf problem. 

The German said that he wants his sides to stop giving away goals at the start of games, having seen his side fall behind early on to Southampton, Chelsea and Watford recently.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "We have to avoid starts in games like we have done too often this season. I want to defend a 1-0, not strike back after 0-1.

"We make difficulties by ourself. We need to concentrate more from the first second onwards.

"You can lose football games but you have to take the right information from it. We must start better, be aware of counter-attacks."

Mamadou Sakho recently returned to the side and will seemingly partner Lovren if Klopp deems the Croatia international fit enough to start. If that is not the case then Kolo Toure is likely to step in for his first Premier League start of the season.

The Reds manager said that he would like to rotate his centre-backs from time to time but injury problems have prevented him from doing so.

"I want to change the CBs sometimes because I want to not because I have to," he said. "But we have had problems with injuries there."

Klopp remained tight-lipped about reports that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic. 

On the January transfer window in general, and whether he will be making any additions to the squad, the Reds' boss stated: "The window in January is not the easiest one. Prices are very high. I'm not the biggest friend of the January window."

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