Jurgen Klopp has demanded Liverpool show more aggression at Stoke but insists the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg represents a “tough challenge”.
Liverpool put in a limp display in going down 2-0 at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, but have an immediate chance to right those wrongs when they face Stoke in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds will be without Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson on Tuesday, but speaking about the loss to West Ham, Klopp has called on his players to show a little more fighting spirit.
“We were passive,” he admitted in his press conference to preview the match.
“That’s not good in life or in football.
“We have to be more aggressive.”
Klopp admitted he is hoping to see a reaction from his side against the Potters.
“You have to react to defeats in the right way.
“We don’t have six, seven, eight players to change. We have to react to the impact the last game had on the players and decide.
“We will only have a light session today. Nothing too intensive.”
Klopp insists he will not be taking the match against Stoke lightly.
“This cup is important. We have to go for it.
“There’s only one reason to be in tournaments and that’s to win it.
“It will be tough because Mark Hughes has done brilliant job.”
Klopp on Liverpool weaknesses
Klopp then spoke about what his side need to do better, before identifying Stoke’s dangerman.
“We have issues with crosses. Before that we had issues with set-pieces.
“We need to solve that. We’ve been clear with the words.
“It will be a different game against Stoke. It’s the team I know most about because I know most of the players.
“[Marko] Arnautovic was young player in Germany who had some problems but he has a big talent.
“He’s scoring goals, making runs behind lines.”