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Published: 20:37 | 4/5/16

Klopp praises squad consistency

Boss hopeful ahead of Villarreal tie

Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool growing consistency has deservedly left them on the brink of qualification for the Europa League.

The Anfield outfit trail 1-0 against Spanish side Villarreal ahead of the home leg on Thursday, but manager Klopp believes that they have the quality to progress.

"In October Liverpool changed their manager. That's not the sign of a perfect situation," the German, who replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager last October, pointed out.

"Something went wrong before then. After the change we didn't change everything immediately, we developed.

"We still had problems - injuries. We played sometimes really good, sometimes not that good, but only two really bad games - Watford and Swansea.

"This team has built consistency step by step, this good shape and good moment we should use.

"These players gave me a lot of positive signs about their qualities and quality is always potential plus talent plus attitude. That is really good.

"If we play our best then we can go to the final."

Liverpool reached the semi-final after completing a remarkable comeback against Klopp's former side Borussia Dortmund in the last round where they overturned a two-goal deficit at Anfield before eventually running out 5-4 aggregate winners with an injury time winner on the night.

The result has already entered Anfield folklore as one of the great European nights in the club's history and Klopp wants his players to harness the special Anfield atmosphere to help them against Villarreal.

"I have not enough words for this. To be honest, it is one of the things in life you cannot buy. It is most special," he said of the fans' support against Dortmund.

"It is these moments when you really know it is not just the crowd in the stadium: I saw some videos of fans celebrating our fourth goal (against Dortmund) at home.

"I'm sure a lot of people didn't have their cell phones on so we missed a lot of wonderful celebrations.

"I don't want to make it too big. It is a moment for the whole Liverpool world.

"Everyone will be watching on television, listening on radio or following on the internet.

"To know about this is absolutely no pressure; it is only the 11 starters, the boys on the bench plus boys in training plus the staff who will do everything."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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