Jurgen Klopp planning more cagey style against Aston Villa

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Image: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looking to find balance in his team

Liverpool will play more conservatively on Sunday having thrown caution to the wind against West Ham, says Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds will go up against strugglers Aston Villa in the second clash of the Sunday Sunday triple-header buoyed by the return of attacking players Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi in midweek.

With makeshift forward Roberto Firmino having scored five in his last six matches Klopp is set to ring the changes after fielding three strikers in Sturridge, Origi and Christian Benteke and winger Jordon Ibe at the same time in last week's defeat by the Hammers.

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"It was a risky formation after our changes, when we had Ibe, Christian, Daniel and Divock on the pitch, and defended in midfield with Pedro (Chirivella) and a limping Kevin Stewart," said Klopp who has seen his side score just 32 goals in 25 matches.

"We wanted to win the game and in the moment we saw the chance to do it - but I don't think it's a likely line-up for a Premier League game.

"You need balance and rhythm in your game and you cannot force it with the line-up by bringing all of your strikers and hoping that one of them will score a goal. That's not how it works.

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"Of course, Daniel and Christian can play together: as we saw in Southampton [a 6-1 Capital One Cup demolition], Daniel and Divock can play together but it's always about what you need for a special opponent."

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Despite Sturridge's return to fitness and Benteke's obvious desire to play against the club he left in the summer for £32.5m it is likely Firmino will start up front again.

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The Brazil international has regained his best form in recent weeks filling an important role up front.

"He's a good player, there's no doubt about this. A few weeks ago we had no strikers and now we have four strikers," added Klopp.

"Roberto is much more stable and has much more consistency in his performances than when I came here. He is showing what he's capable of and that's good for all of us."

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Bottom side Aston Villa are eight points from safety but Klopp is not sure whether that will work in their favour or not.

"You can say they have nothing to lose any more but they have to win the games and take the risks," he said.

"It's always difficult at Aston Villa but don't forget it's difficult for Aston Villa to win against us if we are good. That's the first thing we have to show and if we show this then we can win."

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