Klopp: No motivation needed in derby

English Premier League

Anfield plays host to the Merseyside derby on Friday [21:55 kickoff] as the third round of club football’s oldest competition sees the introduction of the 20 Premier League sides.

And, with the prospect of progressing in the cup added to the already fierce nature of the derby, Klopp knows both sets of players will be fired up for the encounter.

“The schedule and the impact on both teams, allied with the fact that it’s likely but not certain that both starting line-ups will be different in some way, means this game should be viewed in it’s own right – not a continuation of the league encounter,” Klopp said in his matchday programme.

“Sam will have his team focused with the highest of motivation for this. His players will be extremely hungry to end our involvement in this season's FA Cup.

“Derby matches are wonderful, intense occasions at the best of times – but add in that this is in a knockout competition and under the lights, so early in the New Year, and that means both teams will recognise the importance and emotion involved a game like this one.