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Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool not to pay too much attention to Erling Haaland

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool players to avoid becoming overly fixated on Erling Braut Haaland ahead of their meeting against Manchester City.

Despite admitting that his side were no longer in the title race due to their poor start to the current campaign, the Liverpool manager will be eager to get one over Pep Guardiola’s men.

With 20 goals scored across all competitions to date, Haaland is expected to play a major role in deciding the outcome of this weekend’s heavyweight clash.

However, Klopp has stated that paying too much attention to the Norwegian could have serious repercussions.

“He’s probably the best striker in the world so we have to make sure he doesn’t get many balls and that’s what we will try,” Klopp told the Manchester Evening News.

“Against City, the problem is if you close Haaland down with too many players you open up gaps for all the other world-class players. It’s a challenge, a football problem and we try to find solutions.

“He has the combination of being pretty physical and technical, knows where the offsides are and reads them well.

“So many things to make a striker, and City has some of the best players around him setting up goals.

“It’s how he combines many things – His finishing is obviously exceptional but he moves really smart, which makes him quick.

“You can only use the speed if you use it in a smart way as you need to make sure you’re patient to not be offside – His whole package makes it special.”

Liverpool are currently 13 points behind City in the Premier League table but the Cityzens have won just one of their last 19 league visits to Anfield since 2003.

Fresh off the back of a 7-1 demolition of Rangers in Wednesday’s Champions League clash, the Reds now prepare for what is arguably their biggest test of the season to date.

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