Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has done his homework on Norwich City’s new recruits
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Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp needs no introduction to Norwich City's new signings Timm Klose and Steven Naismith.
The Reds' chief was beaten by Klose's old club Wolfsburg in last season's German Cup final, when he was in charge at Borussia Dortmund, while Naismith turned in an eye-catching performance for Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Klopp's compatriots.
Klopp is wary of a Norwich City side buoyed by the arrivals of two top class imports.
'We are the first team to play against this new team and everybody knows about the quality of Naismith, he's a really good player,' said Klopp. 'I saw him live playing for Scotland against Germany in Dortmund, I was really impressed.
'He's always a danger for each defensive line so that's what we have to know. They had some problems in defence for sure and less problems in offence. But always they are creative, they are quick, all that you need.
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'They concede easy goals but they changed this situation too, they took Wolfsburg's Klose. I know him and he's a really good defender. That will help, so they can change. They also took a new right full-back, they had a problem in this position because the centre-half played most of the time at full-back.
'They knew about their problems and they tried to solve them. Absolutely (it's a big game). That's how the Premier League is. If you look at the table and think 23 points, it's of course not too good but then you see them playing and think 'okay'. It's our job to work that hard that nobody can see how strong Norwich can be. That's the job for this game.'
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Klopp must decide whether to include Christian Benteke, who featured in the midweek FA Cup win against Exeter, after opting for Roberto Firminio in the recent Premier League outings.
'I understand you ask that we don't score enough goals but we have a really good striker, sometimes on the bench but that's normal. We have to think how it works best for this specific game and that's what we are doing,' said Klopp. 'With Christian, everybody could see he was involved (against) Exeter in two of our three goals. A player with his name and this history could be bored in a game like this (but) I didn't see that.'