Klopp gives a detailed explanation of importance of FA Cup

Jurgen Klopp
WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool react following the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on November 24, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists winning the FA Cup is almost as difficult as winning the UEFA Champions League.

The Reds face Wolves on Monday in the third round of the competition, looking for their first triumph in the oldest club competition since 2006.

“How can we speak in the first round of the FA Cup about winning it? It is clear in the end the quarters and the semi-finals of the FA Cup are always unbelievably difficult, they are like Champions League games.” Klopp told reporters, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“It’s a very important competition, but we have to make sure we can play with the right intensity. For this you need – if you can do it – to make changes. To be honest, I don’t think Wolves will make changes, they have a very tuned team and I think [Nuno Espirito Santo] said already there is enough times between the games.”

“We have to make a couple [of changes], so we will see. We want to win everything, but you cannot win it in the first game – you have to make sure you are as good as possible in that game, make the right decisions about the line-up – maybe tough decisions, maybe not that tough – and then we will see.”

“Again, it is always when people talk to me about silverware it always looks like we have to get each little thing. If we won the FA Cup then people would say that we didn’t win the Premier League for so many years. We cannot change what other people think.

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“We have to try our best in every game we play and so far, not only this season but especially this season, that’s what the boys did – and that’s what we will try again and again and again and we will see what happens.”

“I would say we had the toughest draw together with Chelsea in the first round of the League Cup. I don’t know all the others, but [other than] Bournemouth versus Brighton there is not a lot of all-Premier League ties.

“We have to think about the whole situation, not being like children and jumping always from one problem to the next problem – we have to consider all and that’s what we will do.”