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Klopp confident of Anfield threat

2016-04-29 08:52
Jurgen Klopp (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp is banking on the Anfield atmosphere to turn around Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final deficit.

The Reds lost the first-leg 1-0 at Villarreal thanks to Adrian’s injury-time winner, leaving Klopp and his troops with it all to do in the return fixture.

However, the German insists he is confident that his side can overcome the defeat on home soil, and is backing the partisan Liverpool home support to help get them over the line.

"To be honest, it is the first leg," he told reporters after the game. "My first thought was 'sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready!'

"Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way. I saw a lot of things that show we can do it. With the help of Anfield we can do it.

"Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world. Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us."

Villarreal’s winner was a bitter pill for Liverpool to swallow, but Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the Premier League side have proven they have the firepower to make light work of the Spaniards’ slender lead.

“It was a very tactical game, there won't be many goals in it," he told BT Sport. "They were tough to break adown but we had some chances. Hopefully it is all there for us to play for at home.

"We've scored a lot of goals since Christmas so let's do that again.

"We saw them, we analysed them, we knew their qualities. You're not fourth in La Liga without a good team."

 

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