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Jurgen Klopp reveals his new No.1 penalty taker at Liverpool

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Liverpool have the chance to make amends for their recent form on Saturday when they host Manchester United at Anfield.

One win in their last four Premier League games finds the Reds seventh in the table and seven points behind United, who are currently joint top.

Victory on Merseyside would be a huge statement of intent from Jurgen Klopp's men, given they're yet to truly bounce back from the crushing 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Since then, Liverpool have narrowly beaten Leicester City 3-2 at the King Power Stadium but drawn 1-1 to minnows Burnley and Newcastle United.

The table suggests Liverpool have a lot of work to do to catch the league leaders, but Klopp insists he wouldn't be manager if he didn't believe they can.

"In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, and there is only consolation, I go," Klopp said in a pre-match press conference.

"Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. Of course I am really convinced."

Jose Mourinho's United represent a true test of Liverpool's title credentials and they will need the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to be on their game.

Klopp has also been talking tactics in the build-up to Saturday's encounter, including who Liverpool's new No.1 penalty taker is.


James Milner used to be the go-to guy for spot kicks but with the 31-year-old spending most of this season on the bench, Klopp has decided it's time for change.

So who could it be? Coutinho would be an obvious choice and Firmino has a decent penalty record, while Jordan Henderson is a contender.

Sadio Mane (when available) and Emre Can are also capable from the penalty spot, but Klopp has snubbed them all for none other than Salah.

Salah becoming Liverpool's new No.1 penalty taker comes as something of a surprise considering he only arrived in the summer, but it's because of his recent heroics for Egypt that Klopp has chosen him.

Asked about Salah firing Egypt to next year's World Cup in Russia, Klopp said: "Very proud. Did anybody see the six-minute video summary of the game?

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"I never saw a celebration like this for 1-0 after 60 minutes - I thought it was a Golden Goal in a World Cup final!

"I nearly had a heart attack, I thought I had to go down there and take the situation. But he (Salah) did it and I would say in this moment he is our No.1 penalty taker.

"That pressure was unbelievable, he did really well, and after 27 years it's fantastic news for Egypt."

Salah's composure in a high-pressure situation not only fired Egypt to the World Cup finals, but also earned Klopp's trust, which is most important.

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