Jurgen Klopp on whether there is an advantage playing home or away first in crucial tie

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Liverpool host Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie this evening.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn't seem to worried at the prospect of conceding an away goal in the first leg of tonight's Europa League tie against Manchester United, and doesn't feel there is much of an advantage playing at home or away first. 

The onus is usually on the home side to try and take the game to the opposition, and build a platform to work from for the away leg.

But Klopp doesn't seem to phased by this. He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “If we draw at home and win at Old Trafford then not winning the home game won’t be too important.

“I think the advantage with home and away with this special battle is not too big. You have to do a job in both legs."

Still, one gets the feeling that if Manchester United were to leave Anfield with anything other than a defeat this evening then they will be reasonably happy and fancy their chances going into the second leg at Old Trafford a week from now, and Liverpool would like to have an advantage to take down the East Lancs Road in their quest to reach the quarter-finals. 

On the topic of away goals, he told the official Liverpool website: "It’s a rule, but first of all why should I think about goals they could score at Anfield before the game starts? We have to defend our goal, that’s how it is – we have to protect ourselves, we have to create chances, we have to play football and we have to work hard. That is what we have to do, not think about if they get one goal then we’ll have to make two goals or whatever. Most results don’t give you the absolute guarantee that the next game will be an easy one in Manchester – they are for sure two really tough, tough games."

Klopp seems to have the confidence in his side to get the job done at Old Trafford regardless of the result tonight. Some will expect this game to be a cagey affair, and both will want to be in with a chance of qualifying for the next round come kick off in the second leg.  

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