Liverpool media round-up: Klopp demands response as Milner may return to squad

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking for a response from his side this evening when they take on Stoke City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at the Britannia Stadium this evening. 

The Reds were poor at the weekend as they went down 2-0 at the hands of West Ham United, which is said to have left Klopp very unhappy with the side's display.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I always say the truth to the players. If I’m satisfied in what I’m seeing then I’m not interested in the result. I mean I’m interested in the result but you have to have two views on the game so even when we have won I will say the truth.

“After West Ham I really was not satisfied because it was not enough so we had a talk about this and now we have to take the next chance, which is against Stoke.

“But we were not really concentrated and not 100% in our will in the situations around the two goals and that is not okay. We spoke about this and the next station is Stoke; difficult but possible.”

The Echo suggests that James Milner has a chance of being in contention for tonight's game at the Britannia Stadium after missing the last few matches with a calf injury, which is a welcome boost given the lengthy injury list the Reds have - meaning Klopp is unable to make too many changes from the side that performed so poorly in East London at the weekend. 

One player that won't be rushed back into action is Daniel Sturridge despite Liverpool's poor goalscoring record this season, which some publications like the Daily Mail, have indicated that Klopp's patience could be wearing thin over that particular aspect to their play.

Klopp says he won't be picking Sturridge until he has taken part in a string on training sessions, the Mirror reports from his press conference yesterday.

The German said: “He’s not had a row of sessions, where we can say ‘now you are here, go’. I’m the first who’ll pick him. When he’s available, when he’s ready for this, I will never hold him back, I didn’t do it up until now and I will not do it in the future."

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