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Every word Jürgen Klopp has said about Roberto Firmino’s fitness, touchline suspension and summer transfer plans

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Jürgen Klopp to address the media this afternoon to give a preview of the upcoming showdown between Liverpool and Aston Villa

Good afternoon and welcome to our live blog for Jurgen Klopp’s latest pre-match press conference.
The Liverpool manager will look forward to tomorrow’s Premier League match with Aston Villa, the Reds’ last home game of the 2022/23 season. He promises to be an exciting afternoon at Anfield as fans bid farewell to the likes of James Milner and Roberto Firmino, who have reached the end of their long spell on Merseyside.

Klopp will provide the latest on players available to take on the side of Unai Emery, who has grown through the Premier League since the Spaniard took charge of the West Midlands outfit.
He stays tuned as we bring you the latest on what the Reds boss has to say, courtesy of ECHO journalists Ian Doyle and Theo Squires. Klopp leaves at 1.30pm.
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I don’t see Caoimhin leave. It must be an extraordinary offer. Adrian, if we don’t say goodbye, what does that mean? He’ll probably stay.

No one will scream like me on the sidelines if they don’t come back! Is it far. Vitor [Matos] will have the helmet so we can talk about everything. Pep is an incredible coach and he will be there.

We have until Monday to say goodbye to them. Millie and Bobby wouldn’t like people to forget about Ox and Naby. Bobby deserved his welcome 100%. But there is time to give them the farewell they deserve. Millie has played an incredible amount of games. Same for Bobby. Ox came here as a young talent and has grown into a great character here and a real good guy. Naby, everyone knows that. We spent a lot of money, a lot of expectations. Due to injuries, he couldn’t hit everyone. But look at the football he played in his best moments. Played big games, scored big goals.

It’s much more fun again. So much easier to enjoy. I’m a professional soccer coach and I should always enjoy it. But sometimes it’s not that easy. It can happen from time to time. We shook it all up.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino will be available for selection tomorrow after returning to first-team training.
Darwin won’t be available, he has very painful toe tendinitis. He didn’t train. The long-term injured give up, but the rest
Villa football is a bit similar to Villarreal when Unai was there. It is going to be difficult. But we have to make it harder for them, and that’s
Ox was unlucky with injuries. He was irreplaceable (when injured against Roma). People think of Naby, they think of a few too many injuries, but he has played very important games. All four have won every trophies out there and we love them. Nothing lasts forever.”

I never hoped for it. I don’t need it. I know we have to win every game and maybe there is a chance. I watched the match last night but was not disappointed when Newcastle scored. The only time I was like that was when Vincent Kompany scored! Whatever Newcastle get, they deserve it.”

We love them. But it’s professional football and nothing lasts forever, that’s right. It’s a good time because it means closing a chapter and starting a new one. I will be eternally grateful to him. Without her, nothing would have happened.

This game is very difficult for several reasons. We talked to the guys this week about how super tough and super emotional it is. I think we are saying goodbye to four Liverpool legends.

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How Liverpool could line-up vs Aston Villa 

Jurgen Klopp must go with his head above his heart as Liverpool host Aston Villa at Anfield.

While it has been reserved as an afternoon for farewells, Klopp will be firmly focused on the job at hand before letting emotion take over.

Liverpool must win to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Man United, who travel to Bournemouth at the same time on Saturday.
With two games to play for Liverpool, the Reds are a point behind Erik ten Hag’s side, having played one game more. Here’s what Klopp revealed during his press conference:

Darwin Nunez ‘will not be available’ due to ‘inflammation of the tendon in his toe’
No other news, as the “long-term injured are out, but the rest should be available”

With Liverpool in such good form, Klopp won’t need much tinkering with his squad ahead of the final games of the season. With no need for rotation at this late point in the campaign, it will likely be Diaz holding his place for a fourth start in five games.

Meanwhile, Cody Gakpo must hold his place

With James Milner leaving at the end of the season, Jordan Henderson is expected to transition into a more part-time player starting games on the bench.

He is unlikely to be ousted immediately next season, but with an eye to the future, Klopp could opt for a more youthful midfield, starting both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

29-year-old Fabinho would still be the defensive midfielder in this scenario as Jota starts over Diaz.

Whatever happens, Klopp will base his team selection on who Liverpool are most likely to win the game.

Emotions are held back until the final whistle.

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