The start of the European League is approaching, and on Thursday evening, Liverpool will test its strength against Austrian club LASK Linz.
It may be an unknown club to many, and the Reds are undoubtedly the favorites heading into the match, but Klopp will not underestimate the opposition for that reason.
-I am well aware of Austrian football, but I have never been to Linz before. We take this match very seriously and will make the most of it. “We are not arrogant, because we want to win here,” the German said in the press conference on Thursday.
In the space of just a few seasons, LASK worked their way from bankruptcy to the top of Austrian football. Linz have participated in European football for the past five seasons.
Klopp knows what awaits his team at the recently opened Raiffeisen Stadium.
– They are very solid, use their edges well and are good at free kicks. There are no easy games and if you let them play they will take their chances. Liverpool coach says: We have been through such situations before and therefore we must be well prepared.
Big rotations are expected in the lineup tomorrow night, and youngsters like Ben Doak and Jarrell Quansah could get their chance. The German did not reveal anything.
-I have no information to give you. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow, because we won’t give Lusk that advantage.
He praises the team’s unity
Over the summer, many important pieces of Anfield disappeared, and new faces arrived at the team. This is often an issue in the starting phase, but nothing suggests it has weakened Klopp’s team.
-I know how good we can be, and I’m excited about our potential. It looks really good. It’s not about what we can have, but what we can do with what we have.
The German can also report a very good atmosphere in the team.
-We were late at the airport for one reason or another. It was clear that they enjoyed each other’s company, as they enjoyed spending time together. Klopp said: We have to use this to our advantage.
In a typical David vs. Goliath match, there is often a tendency for the team that is supposed to be better to underestimate the opponent. That won’t happen tomorrow night, according to Klopp.
-We should be as enthusiastic as them. We didn’t watch the Champions League yesterday and we can’t miss the tune. “We deserve the Europa League, just like LASK,” he concluded.
Liverpool will meet LASK Linz in the first fall match in the European League on Thursday evening. The match can be followed from Austria live on V Sport 1 and Viaplay from 18.45.
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