Jurgen Klopp previews Liverpool FC’s Champions League draw
Jurgen Klopp looks ahead to the semi-final draw of the Champions League after Liverpool FC's progress
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is not concerned about who Liverpool FC will face in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Reds booked their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition thanks to an impressive 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the second half cancelled out Gabriel Jesus’s opener at The Etihad on Tuesday night to follow up the Reds’ 3-0 win last week in the first leg.
Liverpool FC will now be eagerly anticipating Friday’s semi-final draw as the Reds discover their opponents for the last four.
However, Klopp has insisted that he is not worried about who his team will face and instead wants to celebrate the fact that Liverpool FC have reached the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 10 years.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Klopp said: “I have absolutely no interest in comparing us.
“Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid, they win everything in the last 20 years. In the same time we pretty much didn’t win anything as a club. You will not become a winner overnight – it happens from time to time, but it’s never really on a basis, it’s a coincidence and a little bit of luck. We only can develop.
“This league is unbelievably strong, this competition is unbelievably strong. You cannot imagine how much intensity you feel before a game like this.
“Everybody wrote me a message – ‘I will watch the game here, I will watch the game there, I will have a beer together with friends…’ I would really like to do that as well, to drink a beer and watch a Champions League game. Unfortunately, it is always work. It’s all good but it’s not that you can enjoy it completely, but I don’t care who is in [the competition].
“We are here and we deserved it, and I am really happy about that. So far, we fought for each opportunity to get it – and then to use it is so hard.
“But that’s what we will do. The other teams will have their targets as well when we meet them in the semis; I think they are not without ambitions.”
Liverpool FC will now switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their home clash against Bournemouth on Saturday evening.
The Reds are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and finish in the top four for the second season running under Klopp.