Jurgen Klopp explains why he was pleased with Manchester United draw; notes difference from last meeting

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of the first leg of his side's last-16 Europa League tie against Manchester United.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested that his side are pretty evenly matched with Manchester United in terms of quality ahead of the first leg of their Europa League tie at Anfield tomorrow night. 

Klopp oversaw a 1-0 defeat to Louis van Gaal's side in the Premier League earlier on in the season where his side's lack of firepower ultimately cost him the game, which was settled by a Wayne Rooney strike.

The Reds boss was visibly delighted with the draw when it was made, and explained his reasons at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

He said: "I was really happy with the draw, not because it's easy but because it's exciting. It's a great tournament.

"I know Liverpool FC and Man United want to be part of the Champions League always. But this is an exciting tournament. We can see the line.

"They are more confident than a few weeks ago. But we're in a good moment."

Klopp has said the Anfield crowd will have a part to play tomorrow night.

Anfield has often been renowned for its great atmosphere on European nights in years gone by, and the first meeting of two fierce rivals in Europe has generated some excitement, and Klopp hopes the home fans can have some influence on proceedings.

"The crowd will be involved. We do it for them. We enjoy that relationship. 

"It is very, very important and it can be decisive. Hopefully tomorrow we can set a new level."

Klopp was pleased with the reaction of his side in the last half an hour of their clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend, as they fought back from a goal down with 10 men to record a 2-1 victory.

He also explained how the situation is a little different for his side compared to when they met United back in January.

"This is a completely different situation," he said. "We have more players available. This is the best moment we've had here."

The Liverpool boss can now call upon Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho - who were all absent through injury in January - while Roberto Firmino has kept up his good form in the final third and Christian Benteke got on the score-sheet for the first time since December in the weekend win at Selhurst Park. 

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