Jürgen Klopp has tipped his team to expect a “tough” contest against Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals.
They were drawn against the Portuguese club, as Klopp hopes to send the Reds through to the last four of the Champions League.
IN RECENT WEEKS, Liverpool FC has been in superb form, with the Reds having produced an incredible winning streak in the Premier League to cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table down to just a point.
The Reds will be the favorites to progress through to the semi-finals, but Klopp is not underestimating the threat posed by Benfica.
“Looking forward to it,” Klopp said when asked about the draw. ” It’s a quarter-final, so a tough one.
“Benfica did well against Ajax, and that’s the situation; I know people will say we are the favorites and stuff like this, but that’s already the first mistake you could make. We are now too long in the business to make these errors.
“I’m just really looking forward to it. I respect what they are doing there; it’s a massive club. I don’t think I ever played there, to be 100 percent honest.
“Lisbon, a great city; I spent my last week off on holiday [before taking the Liverpool FC job]. I got the call from Mike Gordon in Lisbon. So that’s a nice memory as well – I was sitting in an outside coffee bar, I got the call, and we decided actually in Lisbon.” Klopp said it would be advantageous to play the second leg at Anfield.
“It’s good,” he said. ” Of course, it’s better to have the second leg at home, but it depends obviously on the first leg, how you play there.
“That’s what we have to try, that we create a basis there that we can use, then Anfield in the second leg. So it’s a good one.”