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Jurgen Klopp says Aston Villa have a ‘really, really talented’ player in their ranks – Grealish aside

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Jurgen Klopp says Aston Villa have a ‘really, really talented’ player in their ranks – Grealish aside

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical about Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins ahead of the Reds hosting the Villans in the Premier League on Saturday.

Watkins has been superb for the Villans since joining last year from Brentford in a reported £28million deal, potentially rising to £33million.

He has hit the ground running in his first Premier League season, registering 11 goals and three assists in 29 top-flight appearances, plus two goals in three League Cup games.

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Watkins has also played every minute of Villa’s league campaign this term, and his efforts were rewarded with an England call-up, scoring one goal from one appearance in March.

Arguably the 25-year-old’s finest hour this season came when he scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture against the Reds en route to a magnificent 7-2 victory.

And speaking ahead of Sunday’s game at Anfield, Klopp was very complimentary towards the claret-and-blue marksman.

 

“Ollie is a really, really talented striker and obviously the manager knew him from before and it was a really good signing,” he told the Liverpool media team.

“The whole Brentford attacking line was exceptional in the Championship season before.

“So that suits really well, he’s physically strong so he can keep the ball, he can jump high, he is very fast – that’s a good package.

“Nobody has to remind me how good he is but how we always try to defend strikers, we try to avoid passes into their area. With him, that’s not different than it is to others.”

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