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Klopp: We have to be willing to suffer to get the job done

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Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool ‘must be willing to suffer’ against Villarreal to get through tonight’s Champions League semi-final second leg in Spain.

The four-time chasing Reds have led 2-0 since last week’s first leg as they look to book their third final in five seasons, but Klopp has warned his players to prepare for a difficult night at El Madrigal.

“With all these things during the season, of course with the situation we are in, we must have done something right, that’s clear,” said the German, whose team has lost just three times in all competitions this season.

“It’s good to know – and it’s more of an inner feeling, not that we’re constantly flying and high fives here and there – we’re in a good moment.

“But my only concern is what we do tomorrow night and we have to be ready to suffer, but not to fall behind 0-1 or whatever – that can happen in football games – but to take the game in the right direction give.

“A good example was Newcastle (Liverpool won 1-0 away on Saturday); The audience was obviously very passionate, but we didn’t let it, which was the greatest quality of this game.

“It wasn’t a show of football brilliance or whatever. We had our moments and of course we could have scored more goals. But how clear the performance was – that was incredible and that’s what we need to be.

“Suffering doesn’t mean you suffer long, it means you suffer (snaps fingers) and then react.”

Liverpool have been in that position twice under Klopp and made progress both times before losing the 2018 final to Real Madrid and winning a sixth European Cup against Tottenham the following year.

That experience might help in some ways, but the Reds boss pointed out that the situation is completely different.

“Maturity and experience are very important, but not the decisive factor,” said Klopp. “You can be old and know everything about football but not play anymore.

“We have to be ready to play a top game because they will play for us.”

Villarreal are expected to welcome striker Gerard Moreno who missed the first leg through injury.

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