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Jurgen Klopp heartened by Liverpool’s progress

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp continues to see progress in his side and that is not only being reflected in results.

KAZAN, RUSSIA - Thursday, November 5, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Alberto Moreno and Adam Lallana after the 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Kazan Arena. (Pic by Oleg Nikishin/Propaganda)

The Reds registered their first away win in Europe since December 2012 with youngster Jordon Ibe on target in the 1-0 victory against Rubin Kazan in Russia on Thursday night.

They had previously drawn all their Europa League games this season 1-1, but after three wins in succession in three different competitions the team are starting to gain some momentum.

Klopp has kept changes to a minimum in his team selections – he made four against Kazan with niggles affecting Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana – but insists he does not have a preferred first XI.

“I only make the teams to win the next game, not to give a player rest if he doesn’t need it,” he said.

“We had Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho with some problems so they were on the bench.

“Coutinho had a little bit of a hamstring [problem]. I didn’t want to risk it and wanted to win without them.

“We changed some things to create more and I’m really satisfied how we did it.

“This squad is big enough and strong enough. We did not fly here for a friendly game.

“We are four weeks together and have more experience together.”

KAZAN, RUSSIA - Thursday, November 5, 2015: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno celebrate after the 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Kazan Arena. (Pic by Oleg Nikishin/Propaganda)

Klopp has warned the 19-year-old Ibe he still has plenty to learn despite his maiden goal in his 30th appearance.

After an encouraging start to his Anfield career, Ibe has been something of a peripheral figure this season, even under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who promoted him to the first team.

KAZAN, RUSSIA - Thursday, November 5, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the winning goal against Rubin Kazan to seal a 1-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Kazan Arena. (Pic by Oleg Nikishin/Propaganda)

And in the week photographs of the team training showed Klopp offering Ibe his glasses after failing to pull off a simple pass, the teenager showed in Russia he can make an impression.

“He is a good lad and a big talent, a very skilled player,” added the German.

“He has a really good base and he feels good at this moment but he has to work on things and he has a lot to learn. “If he is prepared for this then everything will be good.”

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