Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool must forget their 2-0 lead over Manchester United in the Europa League

17 Mar

Jurgen Klopp has told his players to forget they are leading Manchester United by two goals, ahead of the second leg tie against the Red Devils on Thursday.

The Reds will take a 2-0 scoreline from the first-leg of their round of 16 clash, with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino handing the Merseyside club the advantage.

United have not been playing in a style to inspire confidence that they can turn around the result, but Klopp has insisted that his players must start afresh.

“We made our position a little bit better (in the first leg),” the German boss said.

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

“We have to forget that we have a 2-0 lead and we need to play again.”

Liverpool were spurred on by the Anfield crowd in the first-leg, and United will be hoping that their own fans can do the same to Louis van Gaal’s side this week.

However, Klopp believes that the Reds will have enough fans backing them at Old Trafford to push them on to victory.

The head coach continued: “We will decide how good the atmosphere is with our performance.

“How many Liverpool fans? 3,000. That’s enough. That’s a really good number.

“If they give their best I am sure we will take this and show it in our performance.”


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