After the victories over Manchester City and Crystal Palace in the last seven days, Jurgen Klopp will lead his side out against Manchester United on Thursday evening in the hopes of overturning an undeserved record that Van Gaal’s team has over the current squad.
The Dutch manager has enjoyed all of his games against Liverpool so far, with a fairly embarrassing aggregate scoreline but Klopp is now starting to see his overarching plan come to fruition at just the right time to face the club’s greatest rival.
And games like Thursday’s are exactly why Nathaniel Clyne joined Liverpool, said the England full-back. Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Clyne said: “This is why I signed for such a big club, to look forward to nights like this.
“I’m looking forward to it, I relish it, and hopefully we’ll complete the job that’s there for us.
“It’ll be good for the fans if we can beat our rivals in Europe, that’s what we’re looking to do and hopefully we will.”
It has certainly been some time since the club had such a huge European tie to look forward to, and if Klopp’s players can knock Man Utd out of Europe it will be a massive shot in the arm for the club and his players, after the disappointment of the recent league cup final.
Clyne continued: “Everyone’s excited. Everyone loves to play European football so it’s going to be exciting up against our rivals United.
“I think we owe them from the Premier League games, which we probably should have got more out of.
“But we have time now to put things right and [make sure we] progress through the cup.
“We’ve [learned to] just keep fighting to the end. We know we can create chances and if we’re solid in defence we can stop their attack.
“Hopefully we can get the goals and get a good result going into the second leg [it’ll help us] push through to the next round.”
With three straight wins in the Premier League, the team now sit just three points behind Thursday’s opponents in the table and it will add further intensity to an already massive tie, with one side just likely to have one less opportunity to qualify for next season’s Champions League by the end of the tie.
And whoever wins the two-legged clash could use the momentum to go on and pip their rivals to a top four spot too.
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