Jürgen Klopp Responds To Liverpool FC vs. Benfica Champions League Draw 


Jürgen Klopp has told his Liverpool FC players to expect a “tough” encounter when they take on Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals next month. 

The Merseyside outfit was pitted against the Portuguese club in Friday’s draw as Klopp looks to guide the Reds through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition. IN RECENT WEEKS, Liverpool FC has been in superb form, with the Reds having strung together an incredible winning run 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 made the decision actually in Lisbon.”

Liverpool FC will travel to Benfica for the first leg of the quarter-final clash on 5 April, before they host the Portuguese side at Anfield in the return leg on 13 April. Klopp admitted that it is an advantage for his side to be playing the second leg in front of their home fans 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.” 

Liverpool FC is in FA Cup action on Sunday evening when they travel to face Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals. 

They will then take on Watford at home in their next Premier League game on 2 April.


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