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  • David Tyrer

Klopp not interested in making tiredness an excuse for Liverpool vs Southampton

The Reds travel to the South Coast tomorrow to take on Southampton at St. Mary's, just 3 days after playing over two hours and a penalty shootout in Istanbul, into the early hours.

The squad have since travelled over 2000 miles back to Liverpool, totalling almost 4500 this week alone, and will have the 240 mile journey to Southampton to undertake as well.

It all adds up to tiredness and a bit of mental fatigue creeping in before the season's really even kicked in. But the manager wasn't having those excuses, despite what Danny Mills was trying to say on Sky Sports News today.

He told the assembled press: "I don't want to talk about [the short turnaround], It sounds like we make excuses. Southampton lost 3-0 against Burnley who are full of power.

"Saints are strong side and we had enough time to analyse them. We saw two pre-season games and we have all the info we need.

"Last year was tough for us there. The analysis was tricky last season and we don’t know 100% what they will do.

"It’s early on and we all have the same chances. We all have the same job to do."

Jurgen will have some decisions to make regarding who starts and we're no doubt going to see a bit more rotation, with some players having played over 120 minutes in mid-week.

About which Klopp said: "[Mane's sub] was a clear decision based on responsibility. It is great for us that he is back. I will see the players in an hour or so and we have to make decisions again.

"Bobby has that extra class and Mo has been incredible as well."

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