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Klopp Talk: Liverpool Must “Strike Back” Against West Ham

Jürgen Klopp wants to see Liverpool—and the fans—show their mettle following Champions League disappointment.

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Liverpool have been in stellar form this season and that’s been even more the case since the calendar ticked over to 2020, but last week against Atletico Madrid they suffered a setback. A loss. Their first defeat of the year in any competition.

Now they’re back in Premier League action against West Ham, under the lights at Anfield, and manager Jürgen Klopp wants to see the players take out any frustrations from last week’s Champions League result on today’s opponents.

“There was nothing from last week that should set us back,” Klopp noted. “We should look at it the other way. An opportunity to immediately strike back. We have a talented opponent coming to our home and they want to leave with the win.

“This is enough motivation. I will be happy if we take this approach into the match tonight. We’ll need to be at our very best—we know that. What will be critical for us this evening is the support from our greatest asset of all—the Anfield crowd.”

Given the determination this group of players have shown this season, it’s difficult to imagine that they won’t be looking to strike back hard against West Ham. And given the Reds’ standing in the table, Anfield should be in good voice.

“Tonight is a good time I think to show the hunger we have collectively to achieve things at the end of this season,” the manager added. “We all recognise there is work to do—lots of work to do. We can only affect and impact the next game.

“Therefore everyone who loves Liverpool inside the ground tonight should make sure we give everything we have for this fixture.”