Klopp tells Liverpool to enjoy 'intensity' ahead of Salzburg clash

Klopp tells Liverpool to enjoy 'intensity' ahead of Salzburg clash

Tuesday's game promises to be a nervy occasion for Jurgen Klopp's side, with Salzburg seeing it as one of the biggest in the club's history.

"But we have to show we deserve to go through". He took exception to a reference to the reverse meeting - a 4-3 win at Anfield - being treated like "a friendly" by Salzburg players, especially when asked how he would ensure his players would not demonstrate complacency.

The European champions can progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesdaywith a win or draw in Austria, or with a defeat should Napoli lose at home to Genk.

"We drew the last game and after that game Napoli were for sure in a better mood than we were and Salzburg were in the best mood for sure, they won their away game and knew they could go to the next round by their own doing", Klopp told the Liverpool website. I just expect us to play the best game we can. Two weeks later, everybody knows it's a final.

"We have to make Salzburg realise after all the positive things. bang.it's hard". They are the first top-flight team to play five competitions in 27 days - the Champions League, Premier League, Carabao Cup, Club World Cup and FA Cup - but Klopp, whose rotation in the last two matches has brought two convincing league victories, insists Liverpool will not be derailed. Yes it is hard but there is a job to do. But we are not a typical Champions League victor - we are still ambitious as insane and will run and fight for our lives and give 100% in every challenge.

The hosts could yet qualify for the knockout stages themselves, with Klopp adding: "Salzburg has to win against us but we are still ambitious like insane and will run for our lives - plus play football". "We don't ask for excuses, we know our schedule". If Salzburg go through, they deserve and we won't. "We will try to win with all we have and at the end we will see what happens".

"Tomorrow night is the most important game of our life because there isn't another one [if we lose]", Klopp said. "Under pressure we probably could have used him, but we didn't want to make pressure".



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