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Klopp expecting ‘motivated’ Southampton under new boss Jones

Jurgen Klopp is expecting Southampton to be motivated under new manager Nathan Jones when the Saints travel to Liverpool this weekend.

Southampton will begin a new era under Jones this week, after naming the former Luton boss as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s successor at St Mary’s.

Hasenhuttl was sacked earlier this week after a difficult start to the season, with the Saints in the Premier League’s bottom three following a 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle last time out.

Klopp admits the managerial change has impacted Liverpool’s preparations for the clash and says he is expecting an opponent full of motivation as Southampton look to impress their new head coach.

“I actually thought Ralph Hasenhuttl did an exceptional job at Southampton but everything has its time, maybe it was like that,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

“If Southampton showed anything then it was attitude for sure. They have a highly motivated team that was going for it.

“With a new manager there might be more pressure but that is not our problem. We always expect a really motivated opponent but we have no real clue – he doesn’t have a lot of time to change a lot of things.

“In our analysis meeting it was half Southampton and half Luton just to see what he does, but because we don’t know we have to focus on ourselves. That is what we do and that is what we’ll try.

“We expect a really good game and a game that you can win, not because the opponent. We have to show up, it is the last game for a long time.”

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