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Published: 18:20 | 16/3/16

Klopp wants Liverpool to match intensity


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to match their Anfield intensity in the Europa League Round of 16 first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Liverpool won the first game 2-0 at Anfield last Thursday, thanks to Daniel Sturridge's first-half penalty and Roberto Firmino's second-half strike, and Klopp says he is focused on getting through to the quarter-finals rather than getting one over on Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman had a four wins from four record against Liverpool before last week's defeat, but Klopp says he is not bothered about the head-to-head stats between the North West giants.

“We want to go to the next round and for this a draw would be good enough, so I don’t think about it. I only think about the game, not about the result,' he said.

“In the game there a lot of things you don’t know in this moment, because maybe Manchester United take maximum risks from the first second, but Louis van Gaal is a very experienced manager so he’ll have a plan, of course.

“We have to take it and to switch it, that’s our thing. A good start in the game is important. It’s not the most important thing, but we will try to play similarly or more intensive than we did at Anfield.

Ander Herrera believes Thursday's match at Old Trafford will be completely different to the first leg, where United struggled to match the fight and tempo of their neighbours down the M62 motorway.

"Since I was here at United we have played five times against them and won four times. Two times we have played them at home and we won clearly. I think we were the better team and they were not so comfortable playing here in front of our fans," he said.

"Tomorrow [Thursday] will be completely different. Old Trafford is different. The pitch is bigger, the grass is better. It’s another challenge for us and I think we are ready."

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