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As Jurgen Klopp prepares to take Liverpool to Wembley for Sundays Capital One Cup final against Manchester City, he sat down with Sky Sports to discuss fan expectations, cup finals, why hes not Santa Claus and his own take on his first five months at Anfield. Jordan Poyer Youth Jersey ... Such is Jurgen Klopps charisma, you sense he could get his message across with only glares, glances, screams and smiles. But his English is impressive too. And yet, just occasionally, even hes reminded that this is not his native tongue.There was the time at his opening press conference when he spoke of delivering titles. In Germany, the word title and trophy are interchangeable. He was not promising the Premier League but rather the sort of trips that will take Liverpool to Wembley on Sunday. Another example came earlier in this competition when, after the semi-final victory over Stoke, Klopp told Sky Sports that Liverpool will win the cup regardless of their opponent in the final. Sometimes I dont use the words will and want in the right way, he explains.The German word will is the English word want, so thats a little bit of the problem. Of course, I am not sure that we will win this but we want to, for sure. Thats the only reason you are part of a competition like this.Liverpool havent been part of these occasions enough. While its only four years since the club won the Capital One Cup under Kenny Dalglish, Klopp is still able to call it a long time without fear of contradiction. Expectations are always there at Liverpool.Raising those expectations can be a delicate balancing act. Roy Hodgson paid the price for dampening them, while Brendan Rodgers brought hope before crushing disappointment. Klopp feels like the man to unleash them, but he too acknowledges the scale of the task. Aguero v Sturridge Could this be the key battle in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday? The whole situation is a challenge, he says. Liverpool is a club with a big, big, big history and all the clubs in the world have a big history if the present is not too successful. If you have never had success then nobody knows how it is but in Liverpool everybody knows how it was. Thats part of the problem.There is a lot of pressure on the situation. Thats normal. The challenge is to stay cool enough to handle the pressure in the moment so that you can succeed in the future. It needs time, nobody wants to hear it but thats the truth, if you want to have success in the future you have to be ready to work now. Thats the job.There are many reasons why Rodgers lost that job. But for all the transfer follies, a final-day thrashing at Stoke, the loss of key players and Premier League matches, for Liverpool fans returning to Wembley, its memories of an FA Cup semi-final that will flood back on Sunday.The sight of a disjointed team tactically outwitted by Tim Sherwoods Aston Villa ended Rodgers hopes of delivering silverware and crystallised the situation at Anfield. If that brings bad memories, Klopps own return to Wembley sparks mixed emotions. Jurgen Klopps previous Wembley experience ended in Champions League defeat The 2013 Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich couldve been his crowning glory. But Arjen Robbens late goal denied his side. It was two things, one of the best days in my life and one of the worst days in my life, he admits.Thats how it is if you go to a final and cant win it. The qualification for the final was a great journey and to lose the final is not the best thing, of course. But its a great stadium so it was not because of the stadium. Everything is okay with me and Wembley.Although Klopp won the double with Dortmund in 2012, cup finals havent been particularly kind to the 48-year-old German. He still recalls Mats Hummels being denied a second-half goal that would have given his side the lead over Bayern in the 2014 cup final.It was a goal and everybody saw afterwards that it was a goal at a very important moment and it would have decided the game, he recalls. But the referee disallowed it and then they make the goal so you lose the final.Even his final match as Dortmund boss failed to provide the perfect ending - beaten 3-1 by Wolfsburg. So any empathy with his Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini, a man looking to bow out with a trophy, comes with a caveat. I lost my last final with my former club so its not a guarantee, he says.Just because you want to give a present doesnt mean you can give a present. I have maximum respect for the work Manuel did but we are not Santa Claus, they have a few other opportunities and if they want they can take one of these. I have maximum respect for the work Manuel did but we are not Santa Claus. Jurgen Klopp on why there will be no presents for Man City Klopp gives the impression that he fancies his chances against Pellegrini and its easy to imagine why after that 4-1 away win in November. Liverpool overwhelmed City that day with an energy that brought the worst out in their hosts. They seemed sluggish by comparison.It was really good, says Klopp. It was one of our best games, for sure, but it was necessary against Man City because you cant play at 60, 70, 80 or 90 per cent, you have to bring your best on the pitch. Thats what we did in this game.Usually you use the last two or three games before to analyse but in this case when you have already played against each other you use that game too. We will do the same but its different. More important is the moment. That was long ago. Simon Mignolet believes winning the League Cup this weekend could have a similar effect on Liverpool as it did on Chelsea at the start of Jose Mourinhos reign Of course, in that time the style of Man City didnt change, they break the rhythm all the time, they play really cool and slow until they speed up and they accelerate and they have outstanding individual quality.You have to try to give them as many questions as possible in the game, so they cannot do what they want to do, whats easy for them, whats their plan. So we will be prepared, no doubt about this, and we have to show our best performance. Man City 1 Liverpool 4 Will Liverpool win again? Five clues from the last clash. Those performance levels have fluctuated more than he would have liked since arriving to much excitement in October. So whats Klopps verdict so far? Not great, he says. It could have been better, it could have been worse. But we feel in a good way, thats the truth.We know about all our problems. We know about all our good things that we have done until now. Of course, at the end we can say it is not enough points, thats how it is, but there are always reasons for this, thats all we can say.What I recognised since Ive been here, every one of the players is obviously keen to win titles, to win cups - its not possible for us this year in the league to win something so we have to be fully concentrated in this tournament. We have to handle the pressure.If you want something with all you have, it sometimes makes the pressure too big. Football is a game and you have to act like youre in a game, you have to gamble, you have to be cheeky, enjoy the game, if you only feel pressure then you cannot play your best football.How cheeky hell be on Sunday remains to be seen. There wont be a repeat of the infamous 1996 FA Cup final - I heard about this, one time in the past there was one Liverpool squad who came in white suits - but his squad will be suited up. And they will be ready.Its a final so its not important how good you are usually, it is only important how good you are in this game so its a big chance for us. Its a chance and thats all I need. You should not waste opportunities of winning titles and cups and Im ready for winning something. You should not waste opportunities of winning titles and cups and Im ready for winning something. Jurgen Klopp on the search for silverware this Sunday Im not the guy to sit here and say for sure, we will win it because I know football. [But] for all the effort of our supporters - the time, money and kilometres - they put in to go to the games, it would be really nice if we could celebrate this big thing together.And in the perfect setting? The name is a really good sound. Wembley, Klopp adds, appearing fascinated by the very word as it tumbles from his lips. Going there is one of the best things you can do in life - sports life - and one time is not enough.Im there for a second time… hopefully with a better ending. Also See: Lessons from Man City 1-4 Liverpool Key battle: Aguero v Sturridge Capital One Cup final preview Liverpool handed injury boost Dawson Knox Youth Jersey . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. Andre Reed Womens Jersey . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . http://www.shoptheofficialbills.com/Elite-Cody-Ford-Bills-Jersey/ . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. LOS ANGELES -- David Dahls go-ahead home run in the ninth gave the Rockies hope.The Dodgers took it away in the bottom of the inning, with a tying homer by Corey Seager.Then former Rockies second baseman Charlie Culberson homered with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Los Angeles a 4-3 victory Sunday that clinched its fourth straight NL West title.Im looking like Im not going to give up a run and then a homer and then another homer to clinch the division and everything, Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino said. Its just kind of amazing.The Rockies notched their 83rd defeat, having been swept in the four-game series. The finished 7-12 against the Dodgers this season.Tough loss any way you look at it, manager Walt Weiss said.Culbersons first homer of the season and just sixth of his career landed in the lower left-field seats, touching off wild cheers and a raucous celebration at home plate. The Dodgers charged out of their dugout and surrounded Culberson, jumping up and down.I wanted to see how they did it because everybody on this team believes and thinks that were going to do that next year, Rockies starter Tyler Anderson said. I want them to enjoy it. They worked hard and earned it, but hopes not too (far off).Anderson allowed two runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out one and walked two.A lot of the balls that were hits were groundballs that got through or balls that snuck down the line, he said.Colorados DJ LeMahieu recorded his NL-leading 59th multi-hit game with a pair of singles.The Dodgers took off their caps, turned toward Vin Scullys broadcasting booth and held them in a salute to the 88-year-old Hall of Famer, who has just three games at San Francisco next weekend before ending his 67-year career.Under first-year manager Dave Roberts, the Dodgers became the first NL West team to win four straight division titles.Scully began with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 and is the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in professional sports. He was nattily attired in his usual long-sleeved shirt and tie despite the 95-degree heat.Joe Blanton (7-2) pitched the 10th to get the victory.Boone Logan (2-5) took the loss inn relief. Thurman Thomas Jersey. he Dodgers provided plenty of drama for Scully to describe.Seager homered with two outs in the ninth off Adam Ottavino, tying the game 3-all. It was the rookies 190th hit of the season to go with a single in the first and triple in the seventh.Dahls two-out homer snapped a 2-all tie in the ninth off closer Kenley Jansen.Seagers triple rolled into the right-field corner, tying the game 2-all and chasing Anderson.The Dodgers trailed 2-1 after Yasiel Puigs sacrifice fly in the third.Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the third on Dustin Garneaus RBI double in the right field corner and Charlie Blackmons sacrifice fly.Brandon McCarthy came off the disabled list (right hip stiffness) earlier in the day to make his first start for the Dodgers since Aug. 13. He replaced Rich Hill, who skipped his scheduled start for precautionary reasons because of a recurrence of blisters on the index finger of his left pitching hand.McCarthy gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one. He hasnt won since July 9 against San Diego.REMEMBERING FERNANDEZThere was a moment of silence for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez before the game. He was killed in a boating accident early Sunday in Miami. Fellow Cuban Yasiel Puig used pieces of white athletic tape to secure Fernandezs jersey to the wall of the Dodgers dugout. The flags in center field were lowered to half-staff.TURNSTILES CLICKINGThe announced attendance of 51,962 brought the Dodgers season total to 3,703,312, their fourth consecutive year leading the major leagues.UP NEXTRockies: Theyre off Monday before opening a three-game series at San Francisco. RHP German Marquez (1-0, 3.48 ERA) makes his first major league start on the road, where he has a 6.23 ERA. He has yet to allow a homer.Dodgers: After an off day Monday, RHP Jose De Leon (2-0, 5.52) starts the series opener at San Diego. He beat the Padres 7-4 in his major league debut on Sept. 4, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits in six innings. He had nine strikeouts and no walks. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' ' 
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