Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool FC v AS Roma Champions League draw
Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool FC's draw against AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League
Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool FC team not to underestimate the threat posed by AS Roma in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Reds were pitted against the Italian team as the two sides face off for a place in the final against either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in May.
AS Roma produced something of a shock result as they managed to knock FC Barcelona out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to book their place in the last four.
The Reds will play the first leg of the semi-final tie against AS Roma at Anfield on Tuesday 24 April, before the return leg in Italy on Wednesday 2 May.
And Klopp offered his reaction to the draw at a news conference at Melwood on Friday before the Reds’ clash with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
Klopp said: “Because I knew I’d have to say something after it, I tried to think about what I feel, but it was not that I thought ‘Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma’ or the other way around.
“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition. Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football – so there is a chance against Roma.
“But if anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person; they obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, the 4-1, it was not like the game was – it was Messi genius against a good side of Roma.
“The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did. They should have probably won four or five-nil – I was really impressed.
“It is work and no problem with that and now we are looking forward of course to the first game.”
Liverpool FC are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in a decade as they look to try and win the competition for the first time since 2005.
The Reds are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and secure a top-four finish for the second season running under Klopp and a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.
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