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Klopp Talk: “We’ll Be Ready for Wednesday”

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The Liverpool manager talks about his team’s EFL Cup second leg semi-final clash with Southampton.

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Liverpool have a tall order ahead of them when Southampton visit Anfield for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The Reds trail Southampton 1-0 after losing the first leg earlier this month. With the team struggling as of late, coming from behind to make it into the final would help get them back on the right path.

While looking forward to this next match, Klopp shared some thoughts about what it will take to make it to Wembley, and remembered last season’s bitter loss on penalties to Manchester City in the same final.

"Of course we want to be part of the final but we don’t just want that, we want to go there and win it. The first step is to beat Southampton," he said.

"We wanted to win the competition last year when we reached the final. Our brain functions well enough to remember this.

"If you saw us celebrating after the quarter-final, we were really happy to go to the semi-final. The only reason to go to the semi-final wasn’t to play two more games, it was to go to the final.

"For us, we don’t judge this tournament. It’s the earliest possibility in a season to win a trophy. We want to be in the final and win the final, which will be really difficult against Man United probably, but it’s still possible.

"We'll reach for the heights. We will be ready on Wednesday and we have to play."

With that other Manchester team likely making it to the final game as well, Liverpool players and supporters alike will be desperate to see the Reds take on their bitter rivals at Wembley.

First, however, they’ll have to make it past a dogged Southampton team who have yet to allow a goal against Liverpool so far this season.