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Jurgen Klopp Quotes: "It was important to have 90 minutes"

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield yesterday and Jurgen Klopp expressed how important the session was for everyone involved.

Jurgen Klopp seemed very happy with how his team performed against Athletic Bilbao yesterday and in his post-match interview he explained how important it was for a lot of players to get 90 minutes in.

“It was important to have 90 minutes. It was not the most intense session but we saw a top game from my team. They were inspired by the crowd. The fans were really looking forward to seeing us. The players took that and played an outstanding first half.

“If you need a break, you have to keep the ball and let them run but we didn't do that. We need to find some rhythm, but I am pleased with this."

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One of the more unfortunate parts of the game was seeing the ever reliable Andy Robertson go down with what looked like a serious injury.

"We don’t know in the moment how serious it is. The pain settled already but he has to get a scan and we will know more.” said Klopp about Robertson's injury.

“We saw it on the TV pictures, he twisted his ankle. The pain has settled but we cannot say anything further.

“He will have further assessments tomorrow with a scan. Then we will know more."

Jurgen also expressed how happy he was with Harvey Elliott's impressive display and how he is going to be a 'new midfielder' for the team next season.

“We have a new midfielder in our squad in Harvey Elliott, players who can make a big step and they are in a good way. That's how it is. We are not blind, we see what others are doing, we just have to be able to beat them. We will try to do that.

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“He can play [centre mid]. He can play up front or the right wing. He smashed the bar. He is different, he can play a few positions. We wanted to try him midfield in pre-season to get him more involved. He made big steps."

Klopp also seemed very happy about the performance from everyone in the team yesterday.

“It's about improving on the basis of good defending and finding a way to play proper football to get people excited. I think you saw in some moments yourself 'wow, that's Liverpool how we know them.' We want to be building on the basis of the last few years."

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The German manager was also asked about if there was anymore potential incomings happening this summer to which he responded:

“I'm very happy with the squad, but that doesn't mean we don't look at the market. There might still be something happening before the end of the transfer window, but I can't say anything at moment. 

 “If nothing happens I am more than happy. We cannot sign counter-pressing, the atmosphere, the anthem - a lot of things. We have to use all this. Other teams have an approach, we cannot change this."