Liverpool's Simon Mignolet repeats Klopp's comments before first Europa League game; assesses second leg

Simon Mignolet

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet joined manager Jurgen Klopp in addressing the media to discuss the side's Europa League quarter-final second leg with Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said that manager Jurgen Klopp talked about the final ahead of his first Europa League game in charge - a 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan back in October.

Mignolet said Klopp explained how it was the first step to get to the final and that tomorrow's quarter-final second leg is another step on that journey as they look to knock out their manager's old side Borussia Dortmund

He told reporters, as reported by the Liverpool Echo's live blog: "I remember the first game the gaffer came in in the Europa League, he talked about the final. It’s all a step towards the final. Tomorrow is no different. We will try to do the same thing, and keep the story going until the end."

Divock Origi's strike was cancelled out by Mats Hummels' header in the Westfalenstadion, but Liverpool go into tomorrow's encounter in the knowledge that a clean sheet will take them through to the semi-finals, with the Reds keeper saying the side has not thought about the tie going to penalties.

He added: "Like always, we have practiced. But we’re not thinking about that as of yet, we’re focused on what we have to do. If we can keep a clean sheet then we will go through, so we will try to do that, and to win the game. We created more chances than Dortmund last week, and that’s what we need.

"We have already scored an away goal which is important. We just need to make sure we don't give many chances away.

"We look forward to it. We know it’s a great occasion, so everyone is excited. We played a really good game in Dortmund last week, and we will try to get the job done with our fans behind us."

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