Jurgen Klopp has admitted he hopes his side is able to return to form ahead of their FA Cup semi – final encounter with Manchester City..
The two sides met last weekend in Premier League action and despite City dominating the action and Liverpool struggling, it finished 2-2, leaving the title race wide open.
They are going to meet up once again at Wembley on Saturday, and Klopp admitted he’d like his side to play at their best, after last week’s meeting.
Talking in his press conference in front of the game, the German said: “We think a great deal about these games. Last week we weren’t at our best, and City were really strong.
“I want to look at a game in which we are our best.” Why don’t we try that?
“The boys did plenty of good things in the game, but there was a few things that we are able to improve on and I know that we are able to play at a higher level.
Liverpool enter the tie after a 3 3 draw with Benfica at Anfield, which was sufficient to see them through to the semi final of the Champions League.
On the same night, City additionally advanced to the semis after a harrowing 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in a match that was full of drama.
Klopp was asked by reporters at the airport if he believed that gave Liverpool an edge at Wembley, but the Liverpool boss said he wasn’t sure.
“We experienced it last week just before we took on City (in the league). We went away for the game and arrived the following day. It’s intense to travel. Is it going to give an advantage? I don’t have any idea. Their games were intense for both teams, “I think.
Under Klopp, Liverpool have been struggling in the FA Cup, frequently prioritising other competitions, and this’s his first FA Cup semi final with the Reds.
Klopp, however, is well aware of its importance, despite his lack of experience in the competition.
“The FA Cup is an enormous competition. We have yet to reach the semis, so this is our very first encounter of a semi final at Wembley, but better late than never. Now that we are there, it signifies everything to us.
“I wish the supporters are able to go to London, I believe the trains have stopped and we’ve the atmosphere that deserves a semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool,” he said.
This is going to be Liverpool’s second game at Wembley this season after obtaining the Carabao Cup against Chelsea earlier this season.
The match was decided on penalties and Klopp confirmed his side have been training again.
“We do it. Quite often during cup games. Last night it might have gone to penalties, so it’s important for the boys to know which corner they should take.
During his time in charge of Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, Klopp has won an impressive 11 trophies, including the UEFA Champions League.