Liverpool can handle Old Trafford atmosphere, insists Jurgen Klopp
MANCHESTER -- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side can handle the atmosphere at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.
The German, whose side are 2-0 up after the round-of-16 first leg, added that he is "not scared" and that training at the stadium on Wednesday night -- something UEFA rules allow them to do -- would help.
Klopp said: "It's one of the best things in football you can do, to play Manchester United when manager of Liverpool.
"We wanted the full package so we came here to train, stay. We are prepared.
"We know about the job we have to do. It's difficult, of course, but the circumstances are different. I can hear it in your questions. You all ask whether United can strike back.
"It's not worry. It's football. The ball is round. Everything can happen. That's how it is. But I'm not scared, I'm not afraid."
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already urged his team's supporters to create the sort of intense atmosphere his men faced at Anfield in the first leg.
And Klopp said he also hoped for a vociferous environment, saying: "I like it. When it's loud, 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. Three thousand travelling Liverpool fans is a really good number. It's not Man United's crowd against Liverpool's crowd."
Discussing the decision to hold Wednesday's training session at Old Trafford, the Liverpool manager said: "I always enjoyed it with my former clubs to breathe the stadium where we play the next night. I like to imagine what can happen.
"We were in the games against Man United since I've been here, and that's an important sign. The world doesn't change overnight.
"I'm an optimistic guy. We know that we know how to play them, but we'll have to work for this. We need to be brave and aggressive.
"You have to stay cool, bring your plan through, play football, and that's how it is. You can make mistakes, but you have to do so many things right that nobody remembers those. That's how it was in the first leg."
He was cautious about his side's two-goal advantage, saying it was "not perfect, it's not a holiday tomorrow." but they have a "chance".
When asked about Marouane Fellaini escaping a ban for a late elbow on Emre Can in the first leg, he said: "It was a situation with different views. A lot of people at UEFA have said it was a normal situation."
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said: "It was a good night for us last week, result and performance, so we can take a lot of confidence from that. But it's only halfway.
"If we focus on our gameplan, it won't matter what Man United do. It's all about us. If we're firing on all cylinders like last week, not many teams can live with us.
"Our energy levels will be high as always. We want to play real high intensity football. That will be key. We'll prepare well in training, and hopefully we can do the business."
Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.