Klopp fires back with question of his own after being baited by Spanish journalist

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Jurgen Klopp shut down a Spanish journalist who highlighted a worrying statistic, and revealed how Liverpool will approach their Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday.

The Reds will seek to advance to their third Champions League final in five years on Tuesday night. Liverpool travel to Spain to face Villarreal with a handy two-goal advantage in the bank.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via the Liverpool Echo), Klopp was asked if it was “job done” after the first leg.

“If I was younger I’d have been really angry with the question,” admitted Klopp.

“Of course, no. It’s only half-time. We have to go there and try to win, knowing Villarreal they will go with all they have.”

Klopp can call upon the entirety of his squad for the contest barring Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian has missed the last few matches with a foot complaint, though a stomach bug within the camp has now cleared up.

Klopp stated Firmino’s issue is a “strain” in the middle bone in his foot, though stated: “Bobby is now running.

“It’s nothing serious but it’s very painful each step. He will travel with us but won’t be involved in the squad yet. Then we had issues with stomach bug (Tsimikas, Jones, Origi) but they are all back.”

Klopp shuts down Spanish journo

The last two questions in his press conference were asked by members of the Spanish press.

One particular journalist asked Klopp if he’s worried about never having won in seven separate away matches in Spain.

That statistic also referenced his time at Borussia Dortmund, though Klopp was quick to point out how the stat doesn’t tell the full story.

Dortmund were Champions League runners-up under Klopp in 2013 and knocked out Malaga and Real Madrid on route to the final.

Dortmund did not win either of their away legs against the Spanish pair in the knockout rounds, though the handy leads they built up in the home legs ensured they advanced anyway.

“No [he’s not worried],” said Klopp. “But we went to the next round against Malaga, Madrid… we may not have won but we made it through from time to time. I don’t believe in those kind of things.”

Klopp then fired off a question of his own when asking the journalist if he knew how many times he’d actually been knocked out by Spanish sides. The journalist did not know.

While Klopp may never have won away in Spain, his away record this season in general has been terrific.

Indeed, Liverpool have won five from five on the road in Europe this campaign. And hinting that run of results has come from taking the game to the opposition, Klopp stressed Liverpool won’t take a passive approach despite holding a two-goal lead.

“We didn’t win the games by sitting deep and counter-attacking,” concluded Klopp.

“We tried to play as ourselves and we have to do that again. We have to be ready to suffer and sit back in moments, but not as a general approach.”

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