Liverpool are looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss against Villareal in the Europa league.
The reds fell to a painful defeat after falling to a last minute Adruiz goal leaving them with another miraculous performance to advance to the next round of the competition.Klopp has only been at the helm since October but he has become a master already at being able to work the crowd and there can be no doubt that his words have been designed to ensure Villarreal are blown out of the way as Liverpool attempt to reach the Europa League final.During his press conference,Klopp said “I don’t know what they know about Anfield.If you don’t celebrate (a last minute goal) then there’s something wrong. But it was more about when my colleague (Villarreal coach Marcelino) said after the game that 1-0 was the result he dreamed of.We still feel good, so that’s how it is. It’s half-time. I don’t think we are through but I don’t think we are out. That’s how it is.”It’s not that I always expect wonders from us or the crowd. But we all felt how big the influence is of an outstanding atmosphere. In this week of wonderful weather on Merseyside everybody could be in the perfect mood. I don’t want to make it too big but it is a moment for the whole Liverpool world. Everyone will be watching”.
Liverpool have been outstanding in this competition at home, dismantling Manchester United 2-0 in the last 16 before conjuring a remarkable victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, but this collision is loaded with peril..Klopp, as is his way, will not formalise the starting XI until a couple of hours before kick-off and he will use a training session at Melwood, the club’s headquarters, in the morning to clarify things in his own mind. All he would say about Sturridge is that it ‘absolutely could be’ the right game for him.
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“A lot of things are possible and I don’t want to talk too much about what we do because hopefully we can surprise them a little bit but it is about playing smart,’ said Klopp. ‘A big threat is their counter-attacking game. It is not their only strength, but it is a big part of their game.”We have thought about everything and will be really well prepared. If we can create with our game a similar atmosphere as Dortmund then it will be much more difficult for Villarreal than they imagine in this moment. That is how it is”.
Klopp spoke about how ‘everything they had done since last October was for these 90 minutes’ and a desire to seize the moment.”Fight for your life if you want,’ said Klopp. ‘That is how it is. This is a specific game where this mood would fit perfectly. It is a wonderful opportunity, nothing else. Two and a half weeks ago after the draw at Dortmund nobody really expected we would go through.When people saw Dortmund (after Manchester United) they said “Oh my God!” – People thought we would go out in the quarter-final. But we showed it is possible. It is only an opportunity. A big opportunity. It is something like a dream. We want to make it through.I am really happy about this opportunity with these hard working boys. We did wonderful things throughout this season. We know everything we need to know. So let’s go for it”.”Maybe it will be even more than 90 minutes,’ Dejan Lovren observed. ‘We need to be clever. We don’t have 20 minutes we have 90 minutes so everything is possible. The fans expect a massive game and we will take it smarter than last time”