Sunday 19 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp compares his team to Alex Ferguson's Manchester United ahead of Roma showdown

Jurgen Klopp and (inset) Alex Ferguson
Jurgen Klopp and (inset) Alex Ferguson
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested his side are comparable to Alex Ferguson's great Manchester United sides, after claiming they have an ability to blow their opponents away with bursts of attacking brilliance.

Klopp's side will take on Roma in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night, with the German tactician reflecting his side have a trait that used to be association with Ferguson's United teams.

"Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United," said Klopp. "At a specific time, they scored always twice?

"Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score.

"The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that's really good to see.

"On the other hand, that's why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level.

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"That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row.

"In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that's a very important thing and that helped us massively."

Klopp also aimed to take the pressure off his players by insisting their date with Roma may not be the only occasion they will get a chance to progress to a Champions League final.

"I make the pressure higher. I tell them it's the only chance you ever have in your life so use it. Would you love to hear that before a game," he asked.

"It's not a once-in-the-lifetime chance. I am already for the second time in the semi-finals and if I go, I will be the second time in the final. That's pretty rare."

Meanwhile, Klopp has issued a video message to Liverpool supporters, urging them to show respect to Roma and make Anfield a cauldron of noise for the first leg of the semi-final.

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