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Reds unlikely to ease pain for Klopp after op

TAKEN ill on Friday, took Saturday off, op on Sunday, back to work on Monday.

Four days in the life of Daniel Sturridge. Oh no, sorry I mean Jurgen Klopp.

Mind you, given what he’s missed over the past 48 hours and what’s coming up, you do wonder if the Liverpool chief might not have taken a leaf out of his star striker’s book and got an extended sick note from his quack.

Another weekend without a win, a fans’ walkout over ticket prices and now the prospect of an FA Cup exit at the hands of West Ham.

Liverpool’s last ever trip to Upton Park might mean something to people for whom that sort of thing means something (if you get my drift) but Klopp should have skipped this one because it can only end badly.

If, as expected, he changes pretty much his entire team, it’s going to end badly. Then again, if he doesn’t change his entire team which means Simon Mignolet keeps his place, it could also end badly.

They’re a patient lot these Scousers and I don’t hear too many grumbles over the German – but if, as expected, it becomes just two wins in ten after this latest outing (and those successes were only against League Two sides Exeter and Norwich) it won’t just be the price of sitting in The Kop that’ll get the locals revolting.

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Lazio v Verona

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  • Verona have conceded less than two goals in five of their last six matches
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Lazio's European qualification hopes are looking remote after a three-game winless sequence but they can get back to winning ways with a narrow success over rock-bottom Verona. The basement boys are on a five-match unbeaten run (four of them draws) but have not won any of their 11 Serie A away games.