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Capital One Cup: Jurgen Klopp insists he's satisfied by Liverpool's level of progress as Reds prepare for Bournemouth

By Eleanor Crooks

Jurgen Klopp maintains Liverpool are ahead of where he expected them to be as he aims for a first win in his fourth match in charge.

The German must have thought he was about to break his duck when Christian Benteke put Liverpool ahead late on against Southampton on Sunday only for Sadio Mane to equalise.

That made it three draws in succession for Klopp, who was keen to project a more positive vibe ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth - Benteke is ruled out due to a knee injury and is a doubt for the clash at Chelsea on Saturday - at Anfield.

Klopp said: "Everybody can see we need the results. We had results, not the most satisfying in the world. We didn't have the easiest opponents.

"If you are new in a club, normally you have more time, but if you don't you have to accept that the way is hard.

"We have a very important competition every three days and we have to find a solution. My faith in this team is really big. It's a really good working atmosphere in this squad.

"If someone hoped (the changes) would be quicker then I'm sorry but I think winning the first game and not knowing why isn't as good. It's important we find a way to win games in the future and know why, then we know we will get better."

Klopp confirmed he will rotate his squad for tonight's tie but insisted the competition is a priority.

"In this moment I don't know how many changes we will make," he said.

"But I make the changes not because this competition is not important for me. It's because I want to win.

"We had three games in the last eight or nine days in the legs so of course we have to change things.

"We have a suspended player in (James) Milner, we have injured players with little problems that we don't want to risk.

"It's the most important cup in the world because it's the only one we have to play tomorrow," he added.

Roberto Firmino could start after returning from injury off the bench against Southampton but there will again be no Daniel Sturridge who has not yet returned to training after picking up what is said to be a minor knee problem.

Liverpool's fixture with Bournemouth will go ahead as planned tonight after Anfield was cleared to reopen following an evacuation.

The club yesterday reported a man had gone missing from a tour group that was visiting Anfield, which led to a police operation at the stadium from mid-afternoon until late evening.

But after a search, both Merseyside Police and the football club said they were confident the stadium was secure.

"Anfield Stadium is now fully reopened, following a precautionary evacuation earlier this afternoon," said a club spokesman.

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