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Manchester United v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp 'not worried... but it is no holiday'

Published 16/03/2016

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates alongside Liverpool's Divock Origi (left) at the end of the game during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson applauds the fans following the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. Liverpool won the match 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool supporters celebrates in their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Smoke from a flare lingers over the pitch during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (L) and Manchester United's Welsh assistant manager Ryan Giggs sits in the dug out during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (11) celebrates with Emre Can (23) as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates as Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal from the peanlrty spot during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores his sides first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
de Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (L) attempts to save penalty from Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans wave flags and banners ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans fly a huge flat ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) vies with during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson look on from the stand prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans wave flags and banners prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans wave flags and banners prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Liverpool fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, first leg football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League, Round of Sixteen, First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A Liverpool club crest is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Fans wait outside a cafe prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Merchandise for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a European competition for the first time in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, the first leg is at Anfield on March 10, 2016 with the 2nd leg on March 17, 2016 at Old Trafford,Manchester, England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a European competition for the first time in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, the first leg is at Anfield on March 10, 2016 with the 2nd leg on March 17, 2016 at Old Trafford,Manchester, England (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal (right) and assistant manager Ryan Giggs watch their players during during a training session at the Aon Training Complex, Manchester. Wednesday March 9, 2016. PA
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. PA
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Melwood Training Ground on March 9, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Adam Lallana during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 9, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool smiles during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Melwood Training Ground on March 9, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their Europa League trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United will be "no holiday" despite holding a significant advantage.

Liverpool lead 2-0 from the first leg of the last-16 encounter, meaning if they grab an away goal Manchester United will have to score four, and considering how Louis van Gaal's side have been playing, the general opinion is the hosts face an uphill task to turn things around.

But Klopp is taking nothing for granted with his methodical approach meaning his team travelled to Manchester and trained at Old Trafford on the eve of the game as they would do for any Europe tie.

That contrasted with United's approach last week when they asked UEFA for special dispensation to train at their Carrington complex and travel to Merseyside on the day of the game - regulations state you must be based within 27 miles of the host venue and Manchester is just outside that radius.

"We made our position a little bit better (in the first leg)," Klopp said.

"It is not perfect, it is not 5-0 or 6-0, it is not a holiday tomorrow. It is really hard work and I have no problem with this.

"I didn't think for one second about it (training and staying in Manchester).

"When I heard we would play against Manchester United I decided we would come one day early. In a Europa League game it's always like this.

"It's not about feeling comfortable and sleeping at home. We had a few seconds in the hotel before we came here (to Old Trafford) and everything is okay: the room is okay, the bed is okay.

"The trip was a little different because we usually fly rather than go by coach but the rest is exactly like a normal European game.

"When I played with my former club in European tournaments I always enjoyed it to breathe the stadium and where you will be playing the next night."

Much was made of the atmosphere at Anfield last week, which harked back to the famous nights of the past, with the roar from the Kop as loud as it has been for a long time.

Klopp is confident his side can handle the other end of the scale at Old Trafford.

"We have to forget that we have a 2-0 lead and we need to play again," he added.

"Hopefully it's a good atmosphere. I like it - even when everyone hates you. It's not a problem.

"I don't understand what the crowd are singing so it's pretty easy for me.

"We will decide how good the atmosphere is with our performance.

"How many Liverpool fans? 3,000. That's enough. That's a really good number.

"If they give their best I am sure we will take this and show it in our performance.

"It's not the Manchester United crowd against the Liverpool crowd. It's the two teams against each other.

"The performance is always one reason for the atmosphere. If we do our best it will be difficult for Man United to enjoy the game.

"I am not worried. I am not scared or afraid. It is football. The ball is round, right?"

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