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Jurgen Klopp answers transfer question as Thiago takes big Liverpool step

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If Liverpool fans were daring to joke in the build-up to this, Jurgen Klopp was in no mood to see that same funny side on Tuesday.

"If we leave them all out and play with a team that is not a Champions League team," he rapped in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

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As supporters allowed themselves to dream up scenarios of a comedy XI for a game that did not need to be won before kick-off, the Reds boss himself was striking a considerably different tone.

Perhaps the four changes Klopp introduced here pours scorn on that great Liverpool criticism about their supposed lack of depth?

With Salah in this kind of irresistible form, Liverpool have every chance at winning this competition for a seventh time.

If a seat at the players' table for the pre-match press conference was a mere hint of his growing importance and influence, this performance was a more sizable pointer towards that.
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