Jurgen Klopp comments on strikers, the aspect that could be more important than an away goal and belief of his squad

Anfield Night

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's Europa League quarter-final second leg clash with Borussia Dortmund at Anfield tomorrow night.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said there is no final decision on how his side will line up for tomorrow night's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp made seven changes at the weekend as his side won 4-1 against Stoke City, giving him plenty of food for thought and selection headaches in the final third of the field as he looks to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition at the expense of his old side.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reorted by the Liverpool Echo's live blog: "It’s not just about formation. We have different possibilities. No final decision until now.

"We have to make the decision. It’s not about how many strikers you have on the pitch. Wait until tomorrow!"

Divock Origi was given a start ahead of Daniel Sturridge in Germany last week and scored the away goal that gives the Reds the slenderest of advantages going into tomorrow's game, and both forwards managed to find the net at the weekend. 

Although the away goal from the first leg is noteworthy, Klopp played down its importance, and suggested the atmosphere generated inside Anfield tomorrow night could have more of a bearing on proceedings.

"The crowd is more of an advantage than the away goal," he said. "Only at 0-0 is it an advantage. If we win, we don’t need it.

"This is a new start. We know about the quality of Dortmund. Now they know a little bit more about our qualities. We will see who handles it better."

Some have suggested that Dortmund were not at their best in the first leg, but Klopp has warned that his side can play better and there will be no flying the white flag.

He added: "We have had highlights but lacked consistency. It’s wrong to look at the negatives. Dortmund will perform to their best tomorrow.

"Maybe some thought BVB would have an easier time of it. We created chances, and didn’t just defend. It will be the same tomorrow, a balance between attack and defence.

"Forget about last week, and we will face tomorrow night with a new attitude. We won’t be flying a white flag. BVB can play better, but so can we. We need to do better tomorrow night."

The improvement from Liverpool has been notable as Klopp has got to grips with his players, and he has the belief in his players that they can make it through to the last four of the competition.

"It’s not important what I say here, that doesn’t influence the game," he added. "We know the opponent and they know us. Maybe they will change or adapt, I don’t know. But maybe we will too. Everything can happen. It’s about finding the right answers. We are better prepared now than when I started here.

"We’re in a better position now than six months ago. A large part is down to the consistency.

"A lot of teams would rather have played us four months ago than now! We’re in with a good chance tomorrow, and we have the ability and quality to reach the semi finals."

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