Wednesday 28 September 2016

Jurgen Klopp: I would rather be here than in North Korea

Simon Hughes

Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp says his side must perform to their maximum capacity. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP Photo
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp says his side must perform to their maximum capacity. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP Photo

Jürgen Klopp has warned his players they will need to perform to their maximum capacity if a victory at his former club Borussia Dortmund is to be a possibility tonight.

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Yesterday, the press room at the Signal Iduna Park was packed an hour before Klopp's arrival at the stadium where he spent seven successful seasons.

While Liverpool have struggled in the Premier League, Dortmund still hold aspirations of a treble under Thomas Tuchel and Klopp was keen to switch the pressure ahead of what is being billed as an emotional occasion.

"It is all about the moment and we need to use the moment," he said. "If there is one little advantage for us, then everyone knows Dortmund started a few years ago beating favourites.

"I have reminded my players about this because Dortmund are the favourites in the Europa League. A lot of things can happen, especially in this stadium. We have to play top-level football and then we have a chance."

Klopp joked that he would "rather be here than in North Korea," but there was a sense that he'd rather focus on the sporting contest at hand than the significance of his own presence.

"It is a real fight and a little disappointed I have to speak about this," he admitted. "I left nine months ago, I said goodbye and now I come back. I don't think about my situation for not one second." (© Independent News Service)

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