Tuesday 16 January 2018

'We'll give them hell'

Klopp insists Liverpool up to title push

Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to playing in front of Anfield’s new Main Stand.
Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to playing in front of Anfield’s new Main Stand.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool can bridge the gap to the Premier League's big spenders and promised to give their top-four rivals "hell" this season.

Today's visit of champions Leicester, who won the title on a budget considerably smaller than some of the so-called bigger clubs, will also mark the first use of the new Main Stand at Anfield which has increased capacity to 54,000.

While that has helped reduce the deficit with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City - who all had bigger net spends in the summer transfer window - off the pitch, Klopp admits what really matters is what happens on the field of play.

"We are the only people that can change our circumstances, nobody else will do it for you," he said.

"You can say 'But they have this, they have that' - it is useless. We will work with what we have.

"We have to do more from our side. We want to go to the best teams in the world and give them hell in the moment we face them - in Manchester, in London, wherever, I don't care. This is football.

"If there is one part of life where you can challenge the best in the world, then it's football.

"It depends on our attitude. If always the people with the best circumstances would win, this world would be an ugly place.

"We all have the chance to fight for everything. It's not about having a guarantee, it's about having the opportunity.

"And now, looking at this [the new stand], it's even better. On a day like this, we shouldn't think someone has more than us, but only how much we have to use."

Klopp took his squad to train in front of the impressive structure on Thursday night to allow themselves to get used to the new surroundings ahead of today' match. He expects fans and players alike to be inspired by the new-look Anfield.

"If anyone comes in here and thinks that this stadium doesn't give us a chance to fight then they are dead - no emotions or whatever. They can't feel this place," the manager added.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can (ankle) and defender Ragnar Klavan (knee) will not be fit for the visit of Leicester. Goalkeeper Loris Karius has returned to training after surgery on a broken hand and is likely to be on the bench.

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