Jurgen Klopp: Why I wanted Liverpool v Man United draw
Jurgen Klopp is delighted that Liverpool will face Manchester United in the Europa League last 16
Jurgen Klopp has explained why he wanted Liverpool to draw Manchester United in the Europa League last 16.
The Reds booked their place in Friday’s pot after James Milner scored a fifth-minute winner from the penalty spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Augsburg.
So we have Manchester United – cool!
The Red Devils initially made hard work of their second leg against FC Midtjylland before eventually easing to a 5-1 win against the Danish champions.
Liverpool have already lost 3-1 at Old Trafford under Brendan Rodgers in September before Klopp’s Reds side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Anfield in February.
However, Klopp is relishing the opportunity for his Liverpool side to get their revenge in the Europa League last-16 on 10 and 17 March.
“It’s great. We deserve these games, with the game yesterday,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference ahead of the League Cup final.
“Obviously it is not easy, but you can ask my staff, when they asked me yesterday ‘who do you want?’ I said ‘Manchester United’.
“I think we have to clear something. We had a good game when I was here when we played against them, but we lost 1-0. It was not what we deserved on that day, but we got it.
“Life gives us the chance to make it better and that’s what we have to do, and what we’ll try.
“In this round, there were no easy games so we had no chance for an easy game. So we have Manchester United – cool!”
The Reds face Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool are looking to win Europe’s second tier competition for the first time since 2001.