Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side have learnt from their “horror show” against Brighton two weeks ago.
The Reds return to the Amex Stadium to face Roberto De Zerbi’s side in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, two weeks on from their 3-0 loss there in the Premier League.
Klopp said “[the loss at Brighton is] still the worst game I ever saw. It hasn’t changed since then, thank God, imagine if we’d played worse the week after.
“We will not do the meeting where I show all of the bad situations from Brighton because that would be a proper horror show.
“You can lose a game, and we did that, but if you don’t learn from it then it’s just a defeat. If you learn from it it’s important.”
Klopp also gave an update on the players who will miss the FA Cup tie through injury, with Diogo Jota and Virgil Van Dijk among those still sidelined for the Reds.
“Diogo [Jota], Bobby [Firmino] and Virgil [Van Dijk] are a couple of weeks off until they can join training and we will see from there.
“Arthur [Melo] is pretty good, he is running a lot. Two or three weeks maybe until he can join team training. [Fabio] Carvalho is out, he has a little thing but he won’t be ready.”
Since their 3-0 loss to the Seagulls, Klopp has seen his side keep two consecutive clean sheets, including a 1-0 victory in their third-round tie against Wolves to secure their place in the fourth round.
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The Reds’ boss said that the midfield and forward line are integral to this defensive turnaround and stressed the importance of his team defending as a unit on Sunday.
“The midfield three worked well for these games so let’s see who will start on Sunday.
“We have six, seven midfielders in top shape, a perfect situation. We cannot make mistakes with line ups, that’s good.
“Against Brighton especially it’s massively important how we defend the first line.
“They are that good with [Moises] Caicedo and [Alex] Mac Allister. The two centre halves and goalie are really calm.
“They just pass the ball through you if the front three are not defending well and that was our problem at Brighton [two weeks ago]. If you defend Brighton with seven players you have no chance.”
Klopp is aiming to make it to the FA Cup fifth round in consecutive years for the first time since becoming Liverpool manager having won the competition last season.
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