Saturday 24 February 2018

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not fazed by Old Trafford cauldron of 'hate'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he has no fear entering a cauldron of "hate" in Old Trafford tonight as his team bid to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Reds hold a comfortable 2-0 advantage going into the second leg with Klopp insisting that while he is optimistic, he is acutely aware that the tie is far from over.

"When all the people hate you it is no problem, it is loud and I don't understand what the crowd is singing so it is pretty easy for me," said Klopp.

"In Liverpool it was different from the first second but if we had played poor I am pretty sure it would not have been too easy. We will decide how good the atmosphere is with the performance. How many Liverpool fans? Three thousand? That is enough. It is not the Manchester United crowd versus the Liverpool crowd, it is the teams against each other."

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The German believes he has the game plan to counter Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"I am an optimistic guy. Before a game I have always have the best feelings - the problem is I have lost a few games afterwards," said Klopp, who is seeking to become the first Liverpool manager since George Kay in 1936 to win on his maiden appearance at Old Trafford.

"This is the third time we play against Manchester United (in his reign) and we were always in the games so that is an important sign for us.

"The world doesn't change overnight but it is absolutely clear there is a chance for Manchester United.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

"We know that we know how to play them. It doesn't mean it will be easy for us.

"We have to work really hard and be really concentrated, brave and aggressive - in a legal way. We will be prepared."

Klopp's side are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals but he admits they will not get there without following the plan - and that means 100 per cent effort.

"We have learned in the last few weeks that our style in this moment is intensive football," he added.

"When you see the number of kilometres run it is not more than before it is only better in the right moments.

"That is good for us but we have to do it again. It is not a problem.

"You have to state your plan, bring it through. You can make mistakes but if you do so many things in the right way no one remembers your faults.

"We made our position a little bit better (in the first leg).

"It is not perfect, it is not 5-0 or 6-0, it is not a holiday. It is really hard work and I have no problem with this."

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