Klopp sending warning to his players after Liverpool thrash Aston Villa

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Liverpool has warned his players they must get results even when they don’t have their star men available.

The Merseysiders thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in the Premier League on Sunday in what was the home side’s worst defeat at home in 81 years.

Daniel Sturridge scored the first goal for Jurgen Klopp’s team in what was his first league start in the German’s four-month managerial reign.

Klopp praised the 26-year-old striker for instantly striking up a rapport with his team-mates, particularly Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino but admitted that Liverpool must learn to win without their top men.

“Sturridge is a high-quality striker,” said Klopp at his post-match media conference. “We need the goals of Daniel and he needs the goals, that’s clear. [But] you have to get results even when your best players aren’t available.”

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It was Sturridge’s second appearance of the week after he made his comeback as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to West Ham on Tuesday.

Klopp added: “It’s not a surprise he can score goals, but it’s a surprise how in tune he is with the team. He’s a real striker.

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We can only speak about this when he’s available. Today was brilliant, you saw he was not too happy when we took him off.

It made sense to take him out. It was okay, it was perfect for him. Hopefully he’s available for the next game too.”

Liverpool’s win at Villa Park lifted them to eighth in the league table, a distant nine points clear of fourth place.