Jurgen Klopp on Jon Flanagan deal, Alberto Moreno injury, centre-back performances

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is happy that Jon Flanagan has agreed a new deal at the club, after reports emerged yesterday saying that he will sign a new three-year contract with the club.

Flanagan returned from a long-standing knee injury in January and has been used a rotation option at right-back in recent domestic games. 

One thing of note that emerged from the press conference is that the Reds' boss declared he is involved in all contract negotiations with players.

Klopp told reporters regarding Flanagan, as per the Liverpool Echo: "I was a little bit involved in the negotiations. Of course we are all happy. It’s good for us but better for Flanno.

"There are a lot of full-backs in the world but not many Scousers and not many who have come back from this sort of injury."

Given the 23-year-old isn't registered to participate in Liverpool's European exploits, he could feature in the weekend's game against Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday lunchtime after the Reds reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League last night, following a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, progressing 3-1 on aggregate.

The Liverpool boss said it was an 'intensive' evening, saying: "Last night was great. It was a nice feeling. It was a big thing to do to beat Manchester United.

“It was intensive yesterday, so we need to figure out who will be available to play."

Alberto Moreno missed the game against Manchester United with a hamstring complaint, but Klopp is hopeful the Spaniard could be available for Sunday's game following a second scan. The initial scan didn't show any injury.

One thing that has been noticeable since the arrival of Klopp is the upturn in form of his centre-backs, illustrated by the turnaround in fortunes from Dejan Lovren, and displays like the one from Mamadou Sakho last night.

On Lovren in particular, Klopp cast his mind back to a friendly played between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in 2014, saying: "I saw in his eyes when I came here he wasn't in the best situation. I remember his first game against Dortmund. He was outstanding."

He was also keen to mention other defenders at the club who haven't had as much game time recently: "I don’t want to forget Martin Skrtel. He has a big passion and travelled six hours to play for the Under-21s.

"(Kolo)Toure has played very well, he’s a real role model.

"Lucas played perfect in this position."

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