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Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool training plans for Man Utd clash

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Klopp’s side beat Villa’s youngsters on Friday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has revealed his Liverpool players will carry out plenty of 11 vs 11 training to get the ‘rhythm’ back in his side ahead of their crunch clash against Manchester United on January 17.

The hectic fixture schedule, which Klopp has been openly critical of, has meant little respite for Premier League sides.

However, after Friday night’s 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in their FA Cup third-round clash at Villa Park, the Reds now have nine days to prepare for their league meeting with United.

Klopp and Solskjaer go head-to-head on January 17 (Picture: Getty Images)

Klopp fielded a strong team against a Villa side containing all academy players due to an outbreak of coronavirus at the Midlands club.

Sadio Mane netted after just four minutes before Louie Barry equalised to make it 1-1 as the two sides went into half-time on level terms. But despite Liverpool’s struggles in the first half, they went on to comfortably beat their youthful opposition 4-1 with three quickfire goals from Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and another from Sadio Mane.

The Reds have stuttered in the Premier League and are without a win in their last three games. They have allowed in-form United to make up the ground on them, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side able to go top of the table if they beat Burnley on Tuesday.

But Klopp is relishing the break for his team and admitted they will be looking to get in lots of practice matches in preparation to face the Red Devils.

‘We have a lot of players with no rhythm, so we will do a lot of 11 vs 11 situations because that’s the most important thing for football players that we couldn’t give them too often,’ the German boss told BT Sport.

‘So now we have the time and we will use it for that, yes.’

Klopp also conceded that the issue his side had against Villa in the first period was a lack of tempo in their play, coupled with rustiness.

‘Yes. Pretty much in passing and moving, against a deep-defending side,’ he added.

‘We had too many players on the wrong side of the ball for the passes, not enough receivers, if you want.

‘We still had situations, crosses, we had chances, we shot the balls directly on the goalie – in the second half we changed that and [put it] past him.

‘So these kinds of things, that’s how it is. It was a bit of a rusty start, but the second half was exactly like we wanted it to be.’

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