Klopp: Liverpool can handle the pressure

The Liverpool manager has accused Southampton of not using the same tactics in both games, claiming that the Saints were more open against Arsene Wenger's men. But West Ham have a good recent record against the Reds, with Liverpool failing to win any of their last five meetings in the league and FA Cup.

"You have to look at the games we played against Chelsea", Klopp said ahead of Liverpool's trip to West Ham on Sunday.

Liverpool have been in and around the top four all season, but with Manchester City and Arsenal on their tails, one of the big guns will have to miss out.

"Despite entering the weekend in third, a run of just one win from their last three games has been extremely untimely for the visitors, who will feel any further dropped points may well irrevocably floor their ambitions". Pedro could play, Willian could play, their defensive line could play. In a vision you know the steps which you have to do to come to this vision and this is exactly the difference we have in our heads.

"I know him well from the national team, he was my first coach with the national team, he always believed in me and we are still in contact, so it will be great to see him again", he said. We played against Crystal Palace and we lost.

"Can we work on different things with Phil?"

"For us it's good news that he's now available".

"This is a little bit our situation".

And even though there is a 14-point gap between the teams, Klopp declared the gulf in class is "not that big".

"Everything is still in our hands", Klopp told British media.

"I've said it a few times, as long as we have 11, we will fight".

Slaven Bilic: It would be ideal if, following that great team performance against Spurs a week ago, we could send the team out again with the message: "Do it again against Liverpool, only better!" The problem at the top of the table is all competitors are strong and can win games, but we are strong as well.

West Ham are unbeaten in the last five meetings against the Merseysides and the Croatian tactician is expecting another brilliant performance from his players in-front of a packed home crowd.

  • Julie Sanders