As the biggest game of the season looms for the Merseyside club, Liverpool will have to amend their poor run of form after two consecutive defeats.
Jurgen Klopp has been criticised by the media over the last week after fielding a rather negative side against Villarreal in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League. Klopp then came under fire once again for playing Liverpool's youngest side ever in the Premier League against Swansea.
However, he does believe his side can overcome a 1-0 deficit against the 'Yellow Submarine', to progress to the final of the competition.
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Liverpool must win on Thursday by two goals against Villarreal as the Reds plan to reach their first European final in nine years.
With big news of Emre Can being back in full training, Liverpool fans have had their hopes made stronger as the German has played a big role for the Merseyside club this season. A strong, fresh side will be available for Jurgen Klopp after playing a youthful side against Swansea on Sunday.
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“We have to accept it [the result] because our performance wasn’t good enough,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I’m especially a little bit disappointed because if we had played our normal game for 90 minutes we could have won the game, but we didn’t play a normal game and that was the problem.”
The Reds have enjoyed a successful campaign in Europe this season, having only lost just one game so far. As Anfield awaits another massive European night, Liverpool will be big favourites for the second leg.
Speaking about the weekend's defeat in the Premier League to Swansea, Klopp admitted his side could have played a lot better, and he's expected a big performance from his side against Villarreal.
“We got it back to 2-1 but then we conceded again and the goals were too simple, too easy for Swansea. I’m not looking for an excuse and I think we could have played better but we didn’t.
“We played like we played and I saw it for the whole 90 minutes and there was not a lot I enjoyed, to be honest. We have to think about it and we have to recover, which is very important.
"We have to accept the result, which is what we do, and then we work and we will be better on Thursday.”
Factors to their success include overcoming Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling 4-3 game at Anfield (5-4 on aggregate) in the second leg of the quarter-finals and beating arch rivals, Manchester United, in what was one of the most exciting ties for the whole world to watch in the Europa League.
If Liverpool were to qualify for the Champions League via winning the Europa League, they would join newly crowned champions, Leicester City and runners-up, Tottenham Hotspur.
With Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham all looking to secure their place via the top four of the Premier League, there could be five British teams in Europe's most prestigious competition next year.
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