Jurgen Klopp ‘I won't talk tactics, even in Manchester they have televisions’

Jurgen Klopp ‘I won't talk tactics, even in Manchester they have televisions’

Liverpool head to Wembley on Sunday for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been trying his hand at some mind games.

Here are a few of the best bits from Klopp's Friday press conference ahead of the game, including a cheeky dig at the neighbouring city.

On celebrating a trophy

"If I think about it I have a few nice pictures in my mind of after the game at Wembley, being together with our fans and a real reason to celebrate together with no doubts about why we do that."

On squad selection

"We have had a few problems since I was here but we've never had the problem of too many players. Making the squad this time is two things: the best thing I could ever do and the most difficult thing I have had to do until now because a few players will be disappointed at some hard decisions. Training (on Friday) morning was the highest level - I don't want to say it was because of the final - and now I have to make decisions overnight. When, or if we, win it is a win for the whole squad and not only for the players involved on Sunday. Some players will feel it differently but hopefully they are smart enough to see how it is."

On City's early-hours travel back from a Champions League match in Ukraine

"I think they flew - they didn't walk. It is not too difficult and I don't think it is an issue. They will be fit, we will be fit. It is a final and no-one cares where you played your last game. That is nothing to think about. There is no advantage."

On City's tactics after being beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in November

"I should not talk here about tactics - I think even in Manchester they have televisions so that is not for the press conference.

“You can be sure we will have a plan but it is not allowed to go with exactly the same plan in a completely different game.

“You need to respect the development of City, (Sergio) Aguero is now back after injury, (David) Silva is back and that is a big difference, (Vincent) Kompany back. I think the line-up of Man City will not be the biggest surprise but we have to compete with the best performance of Man City. We cannot change football in one game for the rest of our lives but we have a good chance to make them more problems than they have at this moment and I think that will be a good idea."

On Liverpool's tactics

"We have to think about what we can do so no-one sees their quality. It is not allowed to just think about our own offensive situations, that's not how football works.

“Good defending is a very important issue in the final, to stay in the game as long as possible without staying deep on the pitch, is what we want to do. It is all about timing, passing in the right moment."

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