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What Warriors' Steve Kerr admires about Liverpool FC's Jurgen Klopp

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What Warriors' Steve Kerr admires about Liverpool FC's Jurgen Klopp

Steve Kerr's love of Liverpool FC is no secret, 

The Warriors coach was on the edge of his seat watching the Reds' epic UEFA Champions League comeback against FC Barcelona in May, tweeting "You'll Never Walk Alone" afterward. Kerr even channeled Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's famous words after that win, calling the Warriors "f---ing giants" after a gutsy playoff win over the Houston Rockets. 

Though Kerr is known to break a clipboard or two, he and Klopp have very different sideline demeanors. The Liverpool manager is consistently demonstrative, but Kerr believes Klopp's passion has a purpose.

"What I like is that he also seems to enjoy it," Kerr told Roger Bennett in The Men In Blazers Steve Kerr special that will air Sunday on NBCSN. "It's not just that he's a madman. He's laughing, and smiling and fist-pumping, and I love the concept of joy in sports. It's one of the most important values to me and the Warriors. Steph Curry -- you watch him play, and there's so much joy.

"It's a powerful emotion, a powerful factor for a great team of any sport. Joy, enjoying what you're doing and the joy of just feeling young and free, and playing."

Klopp and Liverpool enter Sunday's massive match against reigning champion Manchester City with a six-point lead atop the English Premier League table. The Reds set a league record last season with 97 points, the most by a team that didn't win the title, and they have never lifted the trophy at the end of a Premier League season.

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Liverpool did lift the Champions League trophy in June, but Klopp told Bennett earlier this season that he doesn't define himself by wins and losses, but by his effort to improve himself and those around him. Kerr "absolutely" agreed with the manager's philosophy. 

"When you win a championship, it's an amazing feeling," Kerr said. "But, you know, after you celebrate that night, and the next night and you have a parade, go back to your life. You're still waking up in the morning, and taking care of your family, and going about your business and doing your chores. It's not like life just becomes this easy thing. Nothing ends, you're constantly moving forward and what you realize is the feeling and the relationships you have with the players ... last a lifetime, and that's important. And you want those to continue throughout your life."

You can watch Bennett's interview with Kerr in full Sunday at noon PT on NBCSN.

Warriors vs. Bulls watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Bulls watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

Wins have been hard to come by for the transitional Warriors this season. But a stop in Chicago to close out the road trip could change their fortunes. 

The matchup comes at a particularly perilous time for the Warriors, who have lost the last four games by an average of just over 15 points. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports begins at 4:00 p.m. PT, with tipoff scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from the United Center.

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While losses have come at a high rate for the Warriors recently, they beat the Bulls handily last month with Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell out of the lineup. With Russell back from a hand injury, a season sweep of Chicago remains in play. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

Bulls
C Wendell Carter Jr.
F Lauri Markkanen
F Kris Dunn
G Zach LaVine
G Tomas Satoransky

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Stephen Curry (Left-hand fracture), Jacob Evans (Left adductor strain), Damion Lee (Fractured right hand), Alen Smailagic (G-League Assignment), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. D'Angelo Russell (Left finger sprain) is probable. 

Bulls: Cristiano Felicio (Right wrist fracture), Chandler Hutchison (Right shoulder sprain), Adam Mokoka (G-League two-way), Otto Porter, Jr. (Left foot, bone bruise), Max Strus (G-League two-way), Thaddeus Young (personal reason) is out.  

ROTATION

Warriors: Russell returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring a team-high 18 points, two rebounds and two assists in a loss to Charlotte ... The Warriors have used 12 different starting lineups through 23 games, and have lost their last four games by a combined 61 points ... Golden State enters Friday's matchup with the league's worst defense, giving up more than 114.7 points per game ... However, rookie forward Eric Paschall continues to shine, averaging 18.7 points per game over his last 12 outings.

Bulls: Despite controversy between its head coach and players, Chicago has won two straight games ... Guard Zach Lavine has been fantastic, averaging 22.5 points, four rebounds, and 3.9 assists, including a game-winning shot against Charlotte last month ... The Bulls defense leads the NBA in forcing 18.3 turnovers per game. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp

Warriors vs. Bulls live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Warriors vs. Bulls live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The last time we saw the Warriors end up in the win column, they were hosting the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 27 with injured star Klay Thompson joining the broadcast as a sideline reporter at Chase Center.

Friday night will see the Warriors once again take the court opposite Zach LaVine and the Bulls, but this time the teams will be at the United Center in Chicago.

In case you forgot, last year’s matchup between these teams in Chicago featured a pretty impressive, record-breaking performance for Klay, as he drilled 14 three-pointers in a blowout win.

While we obviously won’t see Thompson on the floor in tonight’s edition, D’Angelo Russell returned to the court on Wednesday night and will play against the Bulls.

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Here's how you can watch Friday's Warriors-Bulls game:

When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 4:00 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App