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UEFA Champions League: Klopp Explains How Liverpool Will Tackle Ajax

Jürgen Klopp explained how Liverpool will try to use the lessons learned in defeat at Napoli as they aim to respond against AFC Ajax on Tuesday night UEFA Champions League

The Reds’ Champions League group-stage campaign began with a 4-1 loss in Italy last week and Klopp’s men have the chance to bounce back from that disappointment when Ajax visit Anfield tomorrow.

At a press conference this afternoon, Klopp spoke to the media about the reaction within the squad in between fixtures and the fundamentals that must be restored when they return to action versus the Eredivisie side.

Responding on Liverpool ability to turn things around in Group A…

“Yeah, but that’s not now the one thing to think about.

“Obviously we have to show a reaction definitely, we know that.

“That doesn’t guarantee a result against Ajax.

“Ajax are actually, I would say, pretty much in the opposite situation, completely different, won all their games so far this season.

“Have again a rebuild, a really massive rebuild, but doing no surprise again a really good job.

Thinking about the situation in the group, I don’t think that’s massively helpful.

“We know about it, it’s anyway clear. But it’s a home game in the Champions League so it’s not that we give the points away before we start.

“But we have to make sure we play completely different to what we did at Napoli and we will see what we can get for that.

“It’s always like this, if you want to sort a problem and if it doesn’t work out in the first place, like immediately then you think ‘That’s wrong’, then you have to do it again and again and again.

“Even when we realised now all together that we have to defend much better, it doesn’t mean that from now on we will not make any kind of mistakes anymore because they are still possible, that’s how it is.

“And then you have to deal with that. But first and foremost, we have to show we all have the same idea and that’s hopefully possible tomorrow night.

Klopp refused to detailed how he hope to prosecute the game against Ajax.

“If I don’t want to do one thing [it] is give Ajax any kind of hint or whatever you want for what they have to expect tomorrow night and don’t give anybody kind of a headline, stuff like this.

“And it’s not the time for us to do that, we don’t have to create headlines before the game.

“If, positive headlines [are] for after the game and for that the only chance we have is during the game.

“I think Ajax expect us to react.

“I’m not sure if they use a lot of the Napoli game and say ‘Yeah, OK, that’s how they can play as well.’

“But if you see us this season we are just not consistent enough so far.

“This consistency we have to build and create again.

“That was always the same, it always starts with defending and that’s what we have to do better and then we will see what we can do with that.

On Anfield paying respect to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence ahead of the game, the German gaffer said;

“Yeah, I think it’s the right thing to do. But I don’t that think our people need any kind of advice from me for showing respect.

“There were plenty of examples where our people showed exactly the right respect.

“One which surprised me, and I was really proud of that moment, was last year when we played Man United around the very sad situation around Cristiano Ronaldo’s family, and that’s what I expect.

“For me, it’s clear that’s what we have to do. That’s it.