Jurgen Klopp spoke about Leicester City, why they are dangerous to play against, and why he’s hoping for a great atmosphere from the Liverpool home crowd tonight.
The German manager is not concerned by the form of his rivals however, and only had his next opponents in mind when speaking at his pre-match press conference:
“[Leicester City] like playing against the top sides. They are not that much a counter-attacking side anymore than they have been in the past, but of course it’s a massive, massive threat,” The German said.
Klopp expanded upon why the Foxes are such a threat in this fixture:
“We all had these situations, if you play against teams [and] they don’t give you a lot of space or whatever then it’s not too comfortable.
“A lot of teams struggle with that, obviously, to create and these are the games they lost when they conceded counter-attacks or whatever. But we expect a very dangerous opponent, that’s how it is, because they have quality.
“If we can go through their team, that’s a super team to be honest. I can imagine that they are not happy with the situation because they are in ninth place. A couple of years ago it would have been a brilliant position for Leicester, but after being champions and playing in the Champions League, now it’s not that good.
“They invested a lot of money in the team obviously as well, but they have a really good team. Centre-halves, full-backs, midfielders, really interesting. And up front, very talented and with Jamie Vardy, one of the best strikers in the league. So that’s a big threat.”
Klopp added that he hoped the fact that it’s a midweek evening game will help to foster a good atmosphere at Anfield:
“We expect a very, very good side and I’m really happy that it’s a Wednesday night game because I hope that our supporters feel the need of real support. It’s a while ago that we played at home, 10 days or so, so we are again really looking forward to it.
“But it will not be easy again, like the last game was not easy. But it’s all about squeezing everything out of the players and that we can really perform good enough to win that game.”