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Emery on Lenglet, Coutinho and Liverpool

Unai Emery has spoken to the media before Aston Villa's Premier League game against Liverpool.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • Emery confirmed Philippe Coutinho, Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia and Jacob Ramsey remain out, but Alex Moreno and Emiliano Martinez will be assessed.

  • Aston Villa completed the signing of Clement Lenglet and Emery praised the new addition: "Lenglet was a very good opportunity on loan for one year. He has experience in Barcelona, Sevilla and Tottenham playing at a high level, playing in Europe. I'm very happy with him because he is joining us with his quality, his experience."

  • He confirmed that Coutinho was "close" to leaving but they are waiting to see if the deal is complete.

  • Emery added: "Philippe is a very good person and always had to respect him as a person firstly and second as player. He played at a very high level but he has been inconsistent here because of some injures."

  • With the transfer window closing tonight, Emery said he is "very, very happy" with Villa's business and said: "Tomorrow I will be very happy with the players we have in the squad for this season, playing in different competitions and trying to be candidates to do something in all competitions."

  • On their Europa Conference League draw, he says he "respects" their opponents and the lack of long travel is "good" for them, adding that they "will enjoy it with our supporters".

  • After being informed supporters had already booked their travel to the final venue, he said: "Mistake, that is a mistake. But it is their money, we have to enjoy the moment and never plan for the next week or ten months."

  • On opponents Liverpool, he said: "We have to be very, very competitive. We have to face them trying to be close to them, individually, collectively and tactically. It's going to be very difficult. It's a very big challenge on Sunday because it's not only about the result but about how we are, how we can face them."

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