After running out 3-1 winners on aggregate over bitter rivals Manchester United to book a meeting with Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, Liverpool are straight back to action on Sunday when they travel to the South coast for a meeting with Southampton before the majority of the squad jets off to meet up with their respective countries for the international break.
“Hopefully we have a good squad, a good line-up for Southampton because it was intensive yesterday again so we need to figure out who will be available, who is in the best shape and who can play the Southampton game,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in his pre-match presser. “And then hopefully they all come back healthy – that’s pretty important,” continued the German. “There are two very important games now for the national teams because it’s the last test before the squads will be made for the European Championships. It’s an intensive time for the players and hopefully we have all them available for the rest of the season.”
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Looking up towards a European spot, Klopp will be looking to close out the season as strongly as possible and hopefully build-on the momentum of the win over United. Having ran out 6-1 winners at St. Mary’s Stadium earlier in the season in a memorable League Cup encounter with the Saints, the Reds will make the long journey South knowing full well that they can take full points, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be taking anything for granted.
“Southampton is a really good side,” mused Klopp. “We know about this so we have to be at 100 per cent to get something there and if we want a win there then we have to be really, really good,” explained the Liverpool manager. “That’s all we have to know and we have to use these two days left until the game and then we have to start again.”