Monday 11 December 2017

Final places up for grabs against Augsburg

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Jurgen Klopp insists Wembley places will be up for grabs when Liverpool face Augsburg in the Europa League at Anfield tomorrow night.

The Reds boss revealed he has yet to decide on his starting line up for Sunday's League Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley.

And Klopp believes that the impending showdown in London should be a source of inspiration rather than a distraction when Liverpool walk out to face the Bundesliga outfit in the second leg. "Yes, the opportunity is there for them to prove they should start the final," Klopp said. "That's how it should be. It's a football game and we want to win. Everyone says this so we have to show it.

"We will make decisions. It's not the case that you can say 'stay outside, watch the game, and then we'll keep you for whenever'. It doesn't work like this. We have to show that we are able to be 100% concentrated on this game and then we will have a really good chance in the final.

"If we give this game away saying 'okay, we have a final on the weekend' then in my opinion we don't deserve anything.

"We could lose against Augsburg because they are strong. I know you all think it's different but they are strong.

"But we have to show we tried everything. If you try everything it's okay.

"Life is really fair. If you give your all, you have a chance to achieve something. "I hope it's not a test to be honest. I hope we show we want to win this game. We'll finish this game and then think about the next one."

With the tie finely poised following last week's stalemate in Bavaria, the German coach doesn't intend to rest anyone with one eye on the weekend.

"If you think about the second step before you make the first step you will always fall down," he said. "We have to be fully concentrated and give everything in this game. If you think about leaving this or this player out, for sure he will be injured in a training session. That's not allowed.

"We will select a team just with this game in mind."

The omens are good. On the three previous occasions that Liverpool have drawn 0-0 in the first leg of a European tie in Germany they have progressed. The Reds are also unbeaten in 16 meetings with German opposition at Anfield - winning 13 and drawing three.

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