Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC stars ahead of Cardiff trip
Jurgen Klopp tells his Liverpool FC players to forget about the Champions League and focus on their trip to Cardiff City on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool FC’s players to forget about the Champions League and switch their focus towards the Premier League and their trip to Cardiff City on Sunday.
Klopp watched his side book their place in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night thanks to a dominant 4-1 win over FC Porto in Portugal.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped up a 6-1 aggregate victory to set up a showdown with Manchester United’s conquerors FC Barcelona in the last four.
However, Liverpool FC must first turn their attentions to the Premier League title run-in, with the Reds preparing to travel to Cardiff City in the top flight on Sunday afternoon.
And although Klopp was delighted to see his side book their place in the Champions League last four, he insists that his only focus now is preparing for Easter Sunday’s trip to Wales.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Klopp said: “We are in the semi-finals and on Sunday we play Cardiff, that is in my mind and will be in my mind 100 per cent when I wake up tomorrow, not how we play against Barcelona.
“We have time for that. I am looking forward to it and it’s brilliant, but not tonight.
“We have to get ourselves ready for another intense football game. Cardiff are back in the race after the result yesterday (a 2-0 win over Brighton) so they will fight for it and I don’t think it will be less intense than tonight. That’s the next job to do.
“The fact there is a proper game between Liverpool and Barcelona is really good news. I am really proud of the boys, it is brilliant what they did. I am really happy.”
Liverpool FC are currently top of the Premier League table and two points ahead of Manchester City, who have played a game less than the Reds.
The Reds are aiming to try and win their first major trophy since Klopp’s appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.