Jürgen Klopp: “It would be big” to qualify from the group with games in reserve
Jürgen Klopp is hopeful that Liverpool FC will be able to avoid a situation similar to a ‘cup final’ on the final day of the Champions League group match. This is something the Reds are familiar with. Just three years ago, Liverpool needed a win and Alisson’s superb save against Napoli to qualify. Then the Reds again had to wait until the final day to secure first place, with a 2-0 win at Salzburg pushing Napoli back again. Things weren’t always as smooth as we would have liked. Klopp spoke about it during his pre-match presser against Atletico:
Of course that would be big, it’s just that we usually don’t have to talk about that kind of thing because we usually have a final in the group and I hope that doesn’t happen this year like with the last day of the group stage when we need a 1-0 or something like that and the opponent is not allowed to score at all. Of course, we want to avoid that, but we can’t do the second leg until the first leg – and the first step is to win against Atletico and that’s tough enough. What that means then and what kind of realization it would be, we can talk about after. It’s not right now – right now we have to prepare for a football match against one of the best teams in the world and one of the most determined teams in the world, one of the most motivated teams in the world. world. They obviously go for everything all the time – and that’s what we know. We played them now the fifth time tomorrow, in the Munich tournament I think [pre-season 2017] and the two games a year and a half ago. We know each other a lot, so there shouldn’t be any surprises, so we can prepare for the game and play in the best possible way. This is the idea.
With the midfielder in particular looking a bit short on the legs at the moment, it would be nice if we had the option to rest or spin some dudes while keeping an eye on the Premier League. For example, Liverpool will host a reborn Arsenal just four days before Porto. A positive result against Atletico Madrid would go a long way.