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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eager to recreate last season's European nights against Manchester United

Mirror logo Mirror 13-10-2016 James Pearce

Jurgen Klopp believes the stage is set for a thriller when Liverpool lock horns with Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night. 

The German coach says the memories of the Reds' European triumph over United last term has whetted his appetite ahead of the latest showdown between the arch rivals.

Liverpool knocked United out in the last 16 of the Europa League back in March after following up a 2-0 home win with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford courtesy of Philippe Coutinho's stunning individual goal.

The home side will have the logo 'Seeing is Believing' on their shirts for the iconic fixture to mark Standard Chartered's global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness. 

Klopp says those words are also a fitting description for what promises to be a pulsating clash with Jose Mourinho 's men.

“We are really looking forward to what will be a fantastic game at Anfield,” Klopp told the ECHO.

“Those Europa League games were really nice. Both games were intense and competitive.

“We were better in the first game at Anfield. We had a fantastic atmosphere and the players were inspired by that.

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“It was my first time at Old Trafford for the second leg. Maybe people don't like to hear it, but there was actually quite a good atmosphere there too!

“It changed the game a little bit and it was real proof of what an atmosphere can do. United were on top but we killed that atmosphere with Philippe's wonderful goal in the 45th minute. From then on it wasn't that difficult any more.

“It's a perfect moment for 'Seeing is Believing' because this game will have to be seen for people to believe what will happen.”

The visit of United comes exactly one year on from Klopp's first match in charge of Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

The rate of progress has been impressive. He led the Reds to two cup finals last term and his summer overhaul of the squad he inherited has so far delivered much greater consistency.

Liverpool sit fourth in the Premier League - just two points off the summit – and are chasing a sixth straight win in all competitions.

“It's been a busy, intense year,” Klopp said.

“There have been a few ups and a few downs but always with a really optimistic view about the future. I think that's what we still have.

“It's a job we have to do. We all enjoy working together and it's much better when you enjoy it.

“From my side, it feels like a short year! It's gone like this (clicks fingers). Hopefully I will have many more years here.

“I've never thought about the speed or the tempo of our progress, I only knew that we had to get better – that's how life is.

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“Even when you are good, you need to get better because the teams around you all get better too. To stay in the race, development is everything.”

Klopp showed his support for Standard Chartered's 'Seeing is Believing' campaign by taking part in a visually impaired coaching session at the Kirkby Academy.

The Reds boss and a number of journalists were blindfolded before being put through their paces by Liverpool FC Foundation coaches.

The ball is smaller and heavier than a normal football and contains ball bearings which rattle when it moves.

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“I did a few things like this when I studied sports science,” Klopp said.

“I worked with disabled people when I was quite young. Some couldn't see or hear, and some had other issues. I am sensitive to this.

“I worked in a hospital and taught wheelchair tennis. For a big part of my life I was really involved in things like this. Anything we can do to make life easier for people is fantastic.

“I had a similar situation when I played wheelchair tennis. I played it and then after the game I got up and walked away.

“It's like trying to take penalties with the blindfold on. You try it and think: 'oh my God, it's so difficult'.

“It makes you realise what others have to go through. It also makes you want to do everything you can to help people lead as normal a life as possible.”

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