Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to play ‘big football’ in tomorrow’s Champions League Semi-Final against Roma.
Klopp’s Liverpool side are in the driving seat to progress through to their first Champions League Final since 2007 after they defeated the Giallorossi 5-2 in the First-Leg at Anfield.
Clop spoke to Liverpoolfc.com with regards to the game.
Do we want to concede an early goal? No, of course not. But stay really on track in a game like this, stay well, be completely clear in mind and create your own moments. In the moment when you have the chance – do it.
“That’s big football, really big football. Tomorrow, we have to defend them with all we have and we have to attack them with all we have. I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s clear everybody thinks we have to defend the result, but I don’t think it works with offensive things. Of course we need to be brave. But the boys showed very often this season they are ready for these challenges.
“Pretty much everybody wants to impress us when we come. They all shout for their team – that’s completely cool. How we use Anfield, they should be able to use their atmosphere.
“But, in the end, as I’ve said before: if we go through to the final, we deserve it. If they go through to the final, they deserve it. It’s as simple as that.
“Go there, play the best football you can play and then we’ll see after the game what happened.
“The fans deserve it, of course. We all deserve it. It was hard work. It was fantastic but nothing happened really. There is still a semi-final to play and then if we win, you want to win the final – that would be the next pressure moment.”
Klopp has brought Adam Lallana along on the trip, even though he is out injured, but the German Manager is looking forward to seeing a special someone in Rome.
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva has already stated he’ll be at the Olimpico cheering on his former Liverpool teammates last week.
“I hope he will visit us tonight in the hotel. We are really looking forward to it. Whenever I can I see a game of Lazio, or when I see the result or him scoring – what a legend he is. And obviously he plays a fantastic season. It’s cool.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him tonight”.