On Thursday the Reds tackle LASK as they return to a contest wherein their final look was the 2016 closing defeat to Sevilla within the German’s first season on the membership.
Because it stands the Europa League is the one main trophy Klopp has not gained in his near-eight years at Anfield and he desires so as to add that lacking silverware to his honour position.
“We’re right here to compete, to not give alternatives,” he stated.
“My first yr I believed the Europa League was a bit an excessive amount of for us till we obtained to the ultimate. We needed to fly to Russia, performed on a frozen pitch in Sion.
“That was a special squad. We weren’t prepared and we got here by means of someway. I don’t suppose we have been distinctive till the quarter-final, semi-final.
“It’s a totally different time, a special workforce. We’re higher ready. We get pleasure from it extra to be right here as a result of we had no clue at the moment what to anticipate.
However whereas there have been vital alterations to the enjoying employees this summer season the core of that trophy-winning band are nonetheless collectively and Klopp’s facet are favourites to win the competitors.
Nevertheless, captain Virgil van Dijk disregarded the expectations.
“It’s a mirrored image of the world we reside in in the mean time, it’s from one excessive to the opposite,” he stated.
“Now we have to only keep calm and grounded, there are such a lot of video games to play and twists and turns to occur.
“We all know we had a great begin however there are such a lot of issues nonetheless we have to enhance. We have to keep calm.
“Everybody else from the surface world will say issues however we must always not fear and give it some thought.”
Van Dijk has needed to watch from the sidelines for the final two matches because of suspension however he has been impressed with the best way his team-mates have gone about their enterprise.
And he’s not the one one who has been heartened.
Klopp added: “Virgil is true. He didn’t play now twice and you may see one thing is rising.
“We have been late (arriving in Linz) right this moment and it wasn’t our fault and we have been ready round and also you see they get pleasure from spending time with one another.”