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Jurgen Klopp keen to avenge ‘horror show’ Brighton defeat with FA Cup triumph

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By Tom Gott

Jurgen Klopp has insisted his Liverpool side have learned from their recent blow at the hands of Brighton ahead of a meeting with the Seagulls in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Two weeks before their next match, Liverpool received a real humiliation from Brighton as Roberto De Zerbi’s side he roared to an emphatic 3-0 win which Klopp later described as the worst performance he had ever seen from one of his teams.

When asked what he will do differently this time, Klopp laughed: “Everything. That’s the plan, of course.

“There’s always a new chance. You can always do better. That’s what we’ll do, but Brighton are in a really good moment.”

He added: “It’s still the worst game I’ve ever seen from a team of mine, which hasn’t changed since then. Pretty much everything went wrong, we had to completely change the approach, not just against Brighton but in general.

“We did really well in some moments during the [next] Games. The first half against Chelsea was very disciplined. The second half started well but we got excited, we weren’t so compact anymore, the pressing wasn’t so coordinated anymore and then Chelsea had some chances. It’s something we want to work on, being more compact than we were against Brighton.

“We respect Brighton a lot, for good reason. We did even before the first game. But we have to make it more difficult for them, and we will.”

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Klopp stressed his side have already licked their wounds from Brighton’s last game and highlighted how his preparations won’t be about reviewing the mistakes of that ‘horror show’ defeat.

“We had intense talks after the Brighton game, we had to change immediately and we did it,” he said. “But now we’re not going to do a meeting where we show all the bad times in Brighton, it would be a real horror show. We’ve seen it, we’ve played it.

“It’s about overall changing and making different things better. You can lose a game, but if you learn from it, it’s just as important.”

The boss won’t have any new faces to turn to as he’s revealed that his group of injured players isn’t even close to returning yet.

“Closer? Yes. Imminent? No,” he said.

“It will take another few weeks, Luis [Diaz] takes longer. Diogo [Jota]Bobby [Firmino] and Virgil [van Dijk]a couple of weeks and they’ll be part of training and then we’ll have to see how fast it goes from there.”

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