Jurgen Klopp commends Liverpool owners who ‘care about supporters’

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
An upset Klopp after Liverpool got dumped out of the FA Cup
An upset Klopp after Liverpool got dumped out of the FA Cup

Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool’s owners for their commitment to the club’s supporters, in his press conference ahead of the Reds’ away tie against Aston Villa.

Ninth-placed Liverpool, now sitting 12 points off the top four in the Premier League table, travel to play Remi Garde's side on Sunday afternoon.

The German, who recently pleaded for patience in the club's rebuilding job, commended the Liverpool owners’ decision to not go ahead with their planned ticket pricing policy for next season.

The decision came in the wake of a 77th-minute walkout by Liverpool fans in the club’s 2-2 home draw against Sunderland.

"They (the owners) care about the supporters. It shows their interest in everything around the club. It’s a good thing," Klopp told reporters.

"I know our owners. They really care about the club. This (u-turn) is proof of their interest."

Klopp also discussed the form and fitness respectively of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge.

On Benteke, who hasn't netted in 11 appearances in 2016, Klopp said: "I saw good signs at West Ham. I talked to him a few times and he's really trying."

Regarding Sturridge, he added: "He played 70 minutes and he's had a normal recovery. He feels good."

The Reds boss also provided an update on Philippe Coutinho, who made his return from injury in the FA Cup fourth round replay defeat to the Hammers, and Divock Origi.

"Their return is really good but we have to manage their minutes," said the German, who needs influential players like the Brazilian fit if he is to help the club finish the season on a high.

On Liverpool's opposition on Sunday, Klopp stated that bottom side Aston Villa "have nothing to lose any more, they have to win games and take the risks."