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Published: 10:00 | 5/3/16

Klopp wants Liverpool to "stay angry"


Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool players must “stay angry” to make the Premier League top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Klopp was impressed by Liverpool's response to last Sunday's Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City, as they thrashed Manuel Pellegrini's side 3-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, and Klopp hopes that memories of the 2-1 defeat to Alan Pardew's side in November will prove equally as galvanising to his players.

"Angriness in a sport is good," Klopp said.

"We need to stay angry. Against Crystal Palace, there is a reason to strike back.

"We should not have lost that game at home but we lost it. That’s how it is."

Klopp says that his side need to match the Eagles' physicality, and not be bullied at Selhurst Park.

"There are a lot of reasons to be angry. Crystal Palace are a really physical side. They will give you in the first two minutes 500 reasons to be angry," he said.

"We need physicality. You can’t go to Crystal Palace and say we will play a little bit of football. I hope we can say [we are physical].

"I have seen the games when we were and I have seen the games when we haven’t been. That’s the truth. I can only hope we will be like that in the future. I really believe in this team. We have to be angry."

In other Liverpool news, Klopp says Serbian winger Lazar Markovic could still have a future at Anfield when he returns from his loan spell at Fenerbahce.

Markovic, who was allowed to join the Turkish side on a season-long loan by previous manager Brendan Rodgers, is currently back on Merseyside receiving treatment for a groin injury

"We had a little talk about things," Klopp said.

"I said to him: 'You will be very welcome at the start of pre-season and then it’s up to you.'

"That is how it is in football. It’s a long pre-season and if he wants to come back to Liverpool in July he’s welcome.

"We are short on wingers. Everybody who is involved in pre-season can have a part to play next season. We need a big squad because of the European Championships.

"Pre-season is a long time to show what you have and then after this we’ll make decisions."

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