Jurgen Klopp is excited by the prospect of taking charge of Liverpool at Anfield for the first time and hopes the home crowd mark the occasion by creating a “special” atmosphere.
Liverpool host Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday with new boss Klopp eager to build on the positive signs shown in his first game at the helm – a 0-0 draw at Tottenham at the weekend.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager indicated that he sees a home match against a side placed fifth-bottom of the Russian Premier League as an ideal opportunity to register his first win and also urged the Anfield faithful to play their part.
“Tottenham felt good, it was a step in the right direction. It wasn’t perfect but we were happy,” Klopp said.
“We had a good meeting after the game, we did the next step and now this is a completely different game.
“Tottenham for the first game was a little bit tough, now we have another opponent who are not in the best situation. They changed manager so it’s a big chance to get a good feeling and confidence.
“I’m really looking forward to this game, it’s by night, by light and a special atmosphere.
“I hope we can translate it into the game.”
Liverpool have taken just two points from their opening two Group B games, but still sit in second place behind Sion.
Klopp thinks a victory on Thursday could act as a springboard for their season, both at home and abroad.
“[Our] Europa League group is quite open – a win would be big step in right direction,” he added.