Klopp and Wijnaldum’s press conference – vs Liverpool

Watch Jürgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum’s speak to the assembled media at their press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with at Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening.

The Reds face the Italian side in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, with a place in the final against just 90 minutes away.

Klopp’s side lead the tie 5-2 from a remarkable first-leg at Anfield as the German says he wants his players to attack Roma and warned his team that no one remembers the losers.

Watch Klopp and Wijnaldum’s preview in its entirety below.

“I don’t think people are interested in semi-final losers, same as final losers,” said Klopp.

“In football, as in life, if you are not ready to lose, you cannot win. You try everything to win – there are no guarantees that you get it – but it is the only chance that you try.

“If this team goes to the final it would be an outstanding achievement already. It is not the prize we want because if you go to a final then of course you have to think a little bit bigger, but it would be something we could not have expected at the start of the season.”

Liverpool saw off in the last round, with a 2-1 win at the Etihad sealing a 5-1 aggregate win. However, City showed signs of a fightback during the first-half of their second leg tie and Wijnaldum revealed how Klopp’s intervention helped turn the game around.

Liverpool’s Netherlands’ midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum smiles during a press conference at The Olympic Stadium in Rome on May 1, 2018, ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg football match against AS Roma on May 2. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

“I think we were too impressed by the way they were playing,” Wijnaldum said about the first half.

“We (were) lucky the game has two halves to play, as we could recover after the first half and play a good second half.

“We were surprised, I think, with their unbelievable attacking speed. We weren’t really ready for what was to come. I think there was a warning for us for the way we played against City.

“The manager said we didn’t need to be scared, we just have to play our own game. If we played football we would create chances, as there was so much space in behind.

“He said to play a little bit more instead of playing the direct ball. I think he showed us on the screen, (because) we were dropping too deep. I think maybe because we were impressed and maybe a little bit too scared.”

Klopp and Wijnaldum’s press conference – Roma vs Liverpool

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