Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are ready to fight

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Liverpool have lost a few players to injury in recent games.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested that recent setbacks to his side on the playing front will not disrupt the side's momentum ahead of their Europa League clash with Villarreal at El Madrigal on Thursday.

The Reds' season will be defined by their remaining European games, and they have shown signs of revival and good form of late - even though they surrendered a two-goal lead to relegation threatened Newcastle United at the weekend.

Liverpool are without Mamadou Sakho, who has been made unavailable for selection as the club awaits further developments after he reportedly failed a drugs test, while Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi have all been ruled out because of injury in recent weeks.

Klopp is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “The whole season has been very intensive, But the players are not injured because they are tired. In a moment, it happens. Hendo was completely different to Emre. Divock was a senseless challenge.

“Momentum is not about having the best squad ready to play. Momentum is to be ready to fight.

“Villarreal also have had a lot of games. They play after our game against Real Sociedad and have a little fight for the Champions League.

“We need to be prepared. It isn’t about always having the best players but being perfectly prepared for our next game. Then we can go on.”

Kolo Toure could partner Dejan Lovren at the heart of Liverpool's defence in Spain in the absence of Sakho, while Lucas Leiva could come into the side in central midfield, and Daniel Sturridge is likely to lead the line with Origi sidelined.

After the disappointment of the weekend, it is hard to think that Liverpool will allow that to happen twice in a week and Klopp will have his side fired up with the prospect of a major European final very close for the Reds.

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