Klopp: Lack of European football does not mean extra pressure to win cup

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no
greater expectation on his side to win a trophy

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because of their lack of European football.
In contrast to last season, when runs to the League
Cup and Europa League final contributed to a final
tally of 63 matches, the Reds’ fixture list will be
much less congested.
It was suggested to Klopp that without the
distraction of European football his side should be
targeting the domestic cup competitions.

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“It is not about not being in Europe and so one cup
is important. This is important,” he said ahead of
the EFL Cup trip to Sky Bet Championship side
Burton.

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“How can we be more than 100% ambitious?
“I know we have never shown a lack of respect to
any competition and in this moment I am really
optimistic we will find a really good line-up and
then we have to perform.
“But there is always this kind of pressure whether
we are in Europe or not.”
Burton manager Nigel Clough, a former Liverpool
player, played down the expectations on his own
side by saying the game was more of a
celebration.
“Obviously there’s no such thing as a free game
because you want to win and get through but this
is as close as it gets for us,” said the Brewers
boss, who was at Anfield between 1993 and 1996.
“This is a brilliant week for the club, not a crucial
week.
“Ask our supporters. Never in their wildest dreams
did they believe they’d be playing teams like this,
never mind who we now play in the league week
in, week out.
“We are riding the crest of a wave and we’re loving
every minute of it.”
Other ties on Tuesday include Exeter, struggling at
the bottom of the Football League, hosting Premier
League joint-leaders Hull, fellow League Two side
Cheltenham welcome Newcastle and League One
Bristol Rovers travel to Chelsea.
Another League Two side Yeovil head to Goodison
Park to face Everton with Northampton hoping to
cause an upset at home to Premier League visitors
West Brom.

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