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Mane set to return; Karius likely to start in goal

Mane set to return; Karius likely to start in goal

Ahead of his side's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, the Reds boss was in the Russian capital to carry out the usual protocol with the media - but sound issues, translator confusion and an increasingly freakish line of questioning led Klopp to walk out after eleven minutes of Monday's briefing.

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp had been looking forward to his first visit to Moscow but saw his patience stretched to breaking point by a chaotic press conference.

'We've scored a few goals and conceded a few but I don't think that is just down to the defence, ' said Karius, who is back in goal as Klopp's preferred choice for Champions League games.

During the questioning, Klopp grew increasingly frustrated when the official interpreter started translating his comments before the Reds boss had finished talking.

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Loris Karius, who Klopp has confirmed will start in goal instead of Simon Mignolet at Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday, said he and his team-mates have been working on how to tighten up at the back. "In the right moments we need to do the right things".

By far the best match-up tomorrow, these two teams will battle it out at the Westfalenstadion (good luck pronouncing that), Dortmund's home. They blew a lead in a 1-1 draw at Maribor, conceding an equaliser with five minutes to go.

"I know there are fallings out at football clubs all the time, but somewhere along the line, you can't cut off your nose to spite your face".

'But it doesn't change anything, our task is to neutralise them all and play to our strengths'.

And while the Merseysiders have only lost one of their top-flight matches this term, Klopp knows they need a quick turnaround at the back if they are to launch any sort of title bid.

Spartak now sit in sixth position in the Russian Premier League after eleven games, a rather disappointing position for them considering they won the league last season.