Jurgen Klopp on why Liverpool missed the Champions League semi-final, “should not be repeated”.


The Reds will meet the Danish team FC Midtjylland in Anfield on Tuesday evening. FC Midtjylland started their Group D campaign with a 1-0 win over Ajax in Amsterdam last week.

Jurgen Klopp spoke about Liverpool’s love of the Champions League when European football returns to Anfield.

European football returns to Anfield on Tuesday evening for the first time since Liverpool’s dramatic defeat in extra time against Atletico Madrid in March.

Speaking to the press on Monday before the meeting with the Danes, Klopp reflected on Liverpool’s elimination, the strange nature of the round of sixteen against Diego Simeone’s team and said his men were eager to see how far they could go in the competition this season.

It will be Liverpool’s first European game on home soil since the dramatic extra time against Atletico Madrid in March, when the Reds loosened the European crown they had won nine months earlier in the Spanish capital.

“Super game at home and lost, sounds crazy. What else can you do?

“It can’t happen again,” said Klopp when asked whether he missed the semi-finals and the final of the European Cup last season.

“We played a really good game in Madrid, lost 1-0, but we were there.

“It is Europe, it is the Champions League, it is Anfield.

“In terms of performance, it’s no problem. It was a strange time, the last game before the suspension. No example of how we should or should not do it. We love the Champions League.

“The competition we love. We will see how far we can go.

“No guarantees, but chances, so let’s try it right.”

The Reds’ goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, who had missed the game against Atletico due to injury, also spoke to the press and said the Reds were concentrating on collecting enough points to qualify for the knockout round.

“We need to focus on the next challenge.

“We know our quality and we have big goals,” he said.

“[No fans] will never be the same again. We miss them very much on the European evenings at Anfield.

“We will miss this atmosphere.

“In the group stages you think about points, but we just prepare as best we can to get the points.


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