Klopp calls on Kop and admits: Liverpool must be better

Date published: Wednesday 13th April 2016 3:58

Simon Mignolet: Hopes to savour victory on Wednesday

Simon Mignolet: Hopes to savour victory on Wednesday

Jurgen Klopp has asked the Liverpool supporters to inspire an improved performance from their side against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.

The Reds host Klopp’s former side in their Europa League quarter-final second-leg clash at Anfield following last week’s 1-1 draw in Germany.

Ahead of the much-anticipated clash, Klopp has told the home supporters to recreate the atmosphere that helped dispatch Manchester United in the last round.

“In my opinion the atmosphere can be the biggest difference,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

“We’ve had a few wonderful atmospheres. But we will need the same level we had against Manchester United.

“But we have to do our job and be part of this atmosphere. If we do that, I’m pretty sure the crowd will help us.”

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Liverpool matched their Bundesliga opponents at the the Westfalenstadion, and Klopp believes his players are starting to form a cohesive unit in time to reach the semi-finals.

“Looking at where we are now we know each other better,” he said.

“We’re in a better position now than we were six months ago because of that commitment.

“Most teams would have rather played us four months ago.

“Tomorrow’s game won’t be easy but we feel we can reach the semi-finals.

“We didn’t go to the limits of our performance last week, neither did Dortmund.

“Some people thought Dortmund would have an easier time of it. But we endeavoured to create chances and it will be the same again tomorrow where we will try to attack and defend.

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp

“We certainly won’t be flying the white flag. Perhaps Dortmund can play better but so can we. We know we have to do better.

“An away goal only makes a big difference if the result in the second game is useful too.

“Everyone knows Dortmund can score goals. They are not an opponent where you can really plan for a clean sheet.

“It’s an open game. The crowd is more of an advantage – if we are good.

“Only if it is 0-0, the away goal will be a real advantage.

“This is a new start. We know about the qualities of Dortmund. They know about us.

“We will see who handles it better.”

 

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