Liverpool media round-up: Klopp hopes for fast start, talks inconsistency, clubs far apart on Teixeira

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

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to start quickly when they take on Stoke City in the second leg of tonight's League Cup semi-final at Anfield.

The Reds currently hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a Jordon Ibe strike from three weeks ago and the Liverpool boss wants a quick start from his team to stamp their authority on the game.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I didn’t like our start in the game at Norwich. I have no words for how we started. We’ve done it a few times – Newcastle and West Ham were similar.

“We need to go from the start and fight for every ball.”

Klopp also believes that part of the side's inconsistency at the back is due to the many injuries they have had to endure, which has seen a big shortage in their defensive options. 

Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are likely to start again this evening against the Potters but Sakho, along with Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel have all experienced injuries so far this season to cause some upheaval at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

The Reds' boss added, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: “We’ve had to change the centre-halves at a time when you wouldn’t usually change the centre-halves. Dejan Lovren was in a really good shape. Martin Skrtel was in a really good shape.

“Mamadou Sakho got an injury and then he’s come back. Kolo (Toure) has had to always play and that’s not perfect. We are always having to solve problems.

“Consistency is only possible when you have a settled line up and we haven’t been able to do that."

Away from things on the field, the pursuit of Shakhtar Dontesk forward Alex Teixeira is ongoing but Sky Sports has reported that the two clubs still remain pretty far apart when it comes to the valuation of the player.

Liverpool have already made a £25 million offer, while the Ukrainian club are holding out for £35 million. It looks as Liverpool are going to have to dip into their transfer kitty a little more to get their man.

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