After a mind blowing 9 goal thriller at Carrow Road Liverpool will now welcome Stoke City to Anfield for the second leg of the Capital One Cup which ended 1-0 in favor of the Reds in the first leg.
Speaking before the match against Stoke, Klopp answered his first question on the day in hilarious fashion. Klopp who lost his glasses in the wild celebration after the late Lallana winner sported a new pair of glasses and said that he looks like a serial killer in the new ones.
“It was my fault. No-one has to pay for them,” Klopp said about losing his glasses.
Klopp also answered the biggest question of the night in snide fashion saying that there was nothing to say. Alex Teixeira is subject to intense rumors of a move to Liverpool but Klopp was in no mood to give away anything.
When asked about the Brazilian, Klopp said, “It’s absolutely nothing to say,”
“Maybe it surprises you. Nothing to say to things like this.”
Klopp also spoke about the weakness in defense and set plays. He backed his players and said that they were improving and also expressed the need to get better.
It’s not a problem we can ignore. It’s obvious. We are always working on our weaknesses.” Klopp said talking about set plays. “
We had a good talk, intensive. Not the first one, but hopefully the last one.”
“Its not about the formation, it’s not always about the quality of the set plays. It’s about what we are doing in the situations.”
“In Norwich, we defended the first ball well but struggled then with the second or third. That’s a normal reaction that you would speak about.”
“The goal of Mbokani, there was still a full box so we could have pushed up earlier and left them offside. That would have been a clever idea.”
“It’s not too late to learn. But now it’s time to.”
Klopp also acknowledged the task in hand and said that Stoke were not an easy team to beat. He also showed his respect to his colleague Mark Hughes on the eve of the game against his side.
“You can prepare as much as possible. That’s what we’re doing, not thinking about the result.”
“In this moment, we only want to defend perfectly.”
“Stoke is a footballing team. Mark Hughes is doing a brilliant job, changing the style – one of the biggest changes in style in 10 years I think.”
“We have our problems, and they have one or two as well. You have to be ready.”
Klopp spoke about the mentality of the team and the lack of goal scoring before the last two games. He felt that the 1-0 results at Stoke would be great if repeated and said that a 1-0 game need not necessarily be boring.
“Boring is not too cool, but 1-0 is a great result.”
“We had that in Stoke, by the way. We played a good game, but could have been a bit more clear.”
“Now we have the best situation you can have in a second leg. We won the first game away, now we have the opportunity to play at Anfield.”
“I heard about the special atmosphere at Anfield, and I am really excited, looking forward to it. Let’s take the power of LFC and go to the final!”
Klopp provided some injury update ahead of the Anfield clash as he revealed that Nathaniel Clyne was not at his best after picking up a knock at Carrow Road.
He explained that Jon Flanagan who returned from injury might take his place if necessary and is ready to play for a whole 90 minutes.
Klopp also spoke about Dejan Lovren who is nearing full fitness. He explained that Kolo Toure and Sakho are ready for this challenge on Tuesday if nothing happens till the start of the game.
Firmino who now scored 4 goals in the last 3 games is in good form and Klopp backed him up to become a regular striker for Liverpool.
When asked about the Brazilian’s place in the squad, Klopp said, ‘I don’t really understand why we discuss this.”
“After United when we didn’t score, everyone asks why we didn’t play a striker!”
“I’m really happy Roberto is in the shape he is. Sometimes it is easier to play football than in other moments, and he is in an easier moment.”
“In Norwich, the difference was that we had different names on the scoreboard, from the offensive midfield players.”
“Football is not about one player striking. You need different names. That’s the key for the result – we had bodies in the box, and in the right position. Good timing, good passing.”