Opposition View: Klopp on Saints clash

By SFC Media Tue 10 Jan Saints vs Liverpool
Photo by Action Images | Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has downplayed Liverpool’s ‘favourites’ tag ahead of the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.

The Reds visit Southampton tomorrow night, as both sides begin the fight to reach a Wembley final.

"It would be nice if we could go to the final,” said Klopp. "Are we favourites against Southampton? Whoever says this has not a real idea about cup competitions.

“If this was the case, then in the last few years the finals all over the world always would have been the same teams involved.

"I don’t think Sevilla-Liverpool last year was the expected final. Everybody expected Sevilla in the final but not us, but we were there and I think we deserved it.

“There is not more pressure on us [than Southampton], it’s an opportunity for both teams. I don’t think about missed chances or whatever. It’s always a new day, always a new chance, always a new final."

Klopp also explained that there might not be a huge advantage for Liverpool having their home leg second.

“It depends on the result of the first game,” he said. "It should, but we don’t have a lot of advantages in two-leg cup competitions.

“If you asked before [the draw], I would say that nearly everybody would say ‘let us play first away and then try to make the decision in the home game’. It’s not a decisive advantage if we don’t perform, that’s how it is.

“We can’t think about the second game in this moment because now we have to go to Southampton, it’s the first leg and I am pretty sure they’re pretty ambitious in this tournament."

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