Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident the Reds will head to Spain this week fully prepared for their UEFA Europa League clash with Villarreal, despite the fact they will make the journey without several first-team players.
The Reds will take on the La Liga side in the first leg of the semifinal series at El Madrigal on Thursday, aiming to take a step towards May?s showpiece in Basel.
?The whole season has been very intensive, but the players are not injured because they are tired,” Klopp said. “In a moment, it happens. Hendo (Jordan Henderson’s) was completely different to Emre (Can’s). Divock (Origi’s) was a senseless challenge.
?Momentum is not about having the best squad ready to play. Momentum is to be ready to fight.
?Villarreal also have had a lot of games. They play after our game against Real Sociedad and have a little fight for the UEFA Champions League.
?We need to be prepared. It isn?t about always having the best players but being perfectly prepared for our next game. Then we can go on.?
Klopp is hopeful Nathaniel Clyne will return to the squad after illness forced him to miss Saturday?s draw with Newcastle United and the manager will also consider his central defensive options.
?Martin Skrtel was not happy that he did not start (against Newcastle), but overall he?s cool,? the boss continued.
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