Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne believes new boss Jurgen Klopp has given him more confidence to succeed during their short time together on Merseyside.
The 24-year-old admits that he was a little apprehensive during his first few appearances for the Anfield outfit, but Klopp has now gave him the freedom and confidence to express himself on the pitch since he took over from Brendan Rodgers as manager in October.
He said: “When you come to a new club you may hold back and don’t take so many risks, but now I’ve played a few games I can take more risks. I can go out there and express myself and because he has confidence if you lose the ball you don’t worry.”
Clyne will be hoping to be involved when he makes his return to St Mary’s Stadium for the first time since leaving Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
The former Crystal Palace player is hoping to receive a good reception from the Saints supporters, but he insists the most important thing is to secure a victory against his former club and book the Reds place in the last four.
He added: “I hope I get a good reception, I guess it will make a good atmosphere. Get a win over Southampton and we will be in the semi and another step towards the final.”
Liverpool are available at 2.75 to secure a victory on the south coast in 90 minutes, while Saints are on offer at 2.63 and the draw is 3.20.