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Jurgen Klopp suggests team changes for cup clash, injury updates, talks transfers and Sinclair's future

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Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's FA Cup third round replay with Exeter City tomorrow evening.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will make a series of changes yet again when his side faces Exeter City in a replay of their third round FA Cup tie at Anfield tomorrow night.

Speaking to reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Liverpool boss said: "It's not always about the injury situation. It will be a similar team to the first match.

“The boys who will play tomorrow are focused, they see it as a big opportunity and I’m looking forward to watching it.”

Klopp said there is no chance Daniel Sturridge will play tomorrow and gave an update on the forward's training having not been around the Liverpool side since the defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League on the first weekend of December.

"He has had a break in training because of some issues. He’s now back training but losing time. But no team training since Newcastle. I don’t know how long it is. That’s not a situation we can think about him.”

He did confirm reports that Jon Flangan will be available to be part of the first team squad for tomorrow's game and is in line for place on the bench. 

The Liverpool boss was asked about transfers after comments made by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers who said that he did not have the final say on certain transfers when it came to getting deals done, bringing Liverpool's infamous transfer committee back into the spotlight during an interview on Goals on Sunday, subsequently reported by newspapers such as the Mirror.

But Klopp explained the process he goes through behind the scenes when trying to sign new players, saying: “Sometimes my staff and I have an idea about a player, then we collect information and then we have players our scouts bring in and we speak about it.

“If I don’t want a player to come here then he will not come.

“If a player I want doesn’t fit our budget then he will not come to.

“It’s a normal situation.”

Reports have suggested that young striker Jerome Sinclair - who scored his first senior goal for the Reds in the 2-2 draw at St James' Park - will be leaving the club at the end of the season, and Klopp said Sinclair is welcome to stay at the club though his chances are likely to come next season rather than the rest of this season if he stays.

“I like Jerome, he’s a good talent. If he wants to stay with us then he’s welcome, if not then we can’t stop it.

“We need young players who want to learn, if they feel it’s the right place to learn then good. We can do that next season but not now. There’s no rush. I cannot make decisions for them, we can only offer things and first of all education.”

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