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Jurgen Klopp on the Southampton game and what it means to face his old club in the Europa League


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his players to repeat the fantastic performance of the League Cup when they face Southampton later on today.

The Reds produced one of their best performances of the season when they eased past Ronald Koeman's side by 6-1 in the League Cup and the German wants more of the same when the two teams go head to head at the St. Mary's Stadium this afternoon.

"We played there," Klopp said.

"It was the perfect result for us, perfect night. It was a nice stadium [with] nice surroundings. Everything will be prepared for a good football game.

"Southampton is a really good side. We know about this so we have to be at 100 per cent to get something there and if we want a win there then we have to be really, really good.

"That's all we have to know and we have to use these two days left until the game and then we have to start again.

"Hopefully we have a good squad, a good line-up for Southampton because it was intensive yesterday again so we need to figure out who will be available, who is in the best shape and who can play the Southampton game.

"And then hopefully they all come back healthy [from the international break] - that's pretty important. There are two very important games now for the national teams because it's the last test before the squads will be made for the European Championships. It's an intensive time for the players and hopefully we have all them available for the rest of the season."

Asked to comment on the Europa League draw, Klopp said: "I am really happy with the draw.

"Yesterday I said why should I wish [to get] the strongest team in the tournament, but obviously if you want to win the Europa League, and when you are in the quarter-final, then you have to beat the strongest teams.

"It is better to play against them in two games than in only one game. I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund. I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city.

"It's a story only football can write. We're all happy. During the draw we had our video analysis meeting for Southampton and after that we were immediately training, so maybe my cellphone is full of messages – I need to have a look on there!"

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