Liverpool will participate of their first Champions League knockout tie for 9 years on Wednesday evening once they meet Porto on the Estadio do Dragao, although Klopp doesn’t consider the membership’s current report of underachievement counts in opposition to them.
In Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and the free-scoring Mohamed Salah, Liverpool are blessed with a frontline that has the efficiency to dismantle even Europe’s greatest defences. This reality just isn’t misplaced on their supervisor, who is certain his aspect can overcome any opponent on their day.
“I know it already, I don’t need to look at them,” he stated on Tuesday. “Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City. We’ve played them twice and at the highest level. PSG is a little bit different but I don’t look at them, I only know it already that if we meet them we could beat them.”
Klopp stays targeted on the duty at hand although and won’t enable himself to suppose past this last-16 tie, realizing it will be unwise to underestimate Sergio Conceicao’s formidable Portuguese league leaders.
“We are in Porto and that is the only thing. We can make one mistake [underestimating Porto], that is how it is in life. And of course we as a team we will never do that,” he stated.
“This is our draw, it is a difficult job for both teams. Porto are really strong, really aggressive, very physical, but we are good as well and it will be quite an interesting game.”
This might be Liverpool’s first foray into European competitors since Philippe Coutinho’s high-profile departure final month.
The influential playmaker was not changed within the January switch window and his absence has certainly elevated the tasks of these left behind, however the early indicators have been promising. Though Mané is struggling a spell of poor kind, Salah continues to attain unabated and Firmino seems to be hitting new heights.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored extra targets than the Brazilian on this yr’s Champions League group stage and his kind has solely improved since, the spotlight being his masterful show Sunday’s 2-Zero win over Southampton.
When requested whether or not he believes Firmino to be underrated, Klopp stated: “I don’t suppose so, not anymore. I don’t know what different folks take into consideration Roberto Firmino. I can think about a bit since you ask me about it. I don’t know. People with a soccer mind choose him proper. That’s how it’s.
“For me we spoke about Roberto weeks in the past, months in the past, at any time when. When I got here in I stated instantly that I used to be blissful he was right here.
“I don’t suppose he has stepped up however perhaps it’s extra apparent as a result of his conditions are usually not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s conditions. That’s how it’s. That is all.
“He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good.”
The Liverpool supervisor added: “We qualified for the Champions League without Phil, he was not involved in either of the Hoffenheim games,” reminiscent of August’s playoff spherical in opposition to the succesful Bundesliga outfit.
“Of course they [Firmino, Salah and Mané] are implausible gamers however we don’t have to consider that. We can have a very good group tomorrow evening and we can have the most effective group that may line up. It just isn’t about who we play it’s about how we play and what we do.
“All the players we have here are fantastic players, it’s about really how we stick to the way we want to play. In difficult situations you have to make the right decisions, that’s always like that. You have to cause them problems, problems and problems. Problems they don’t know about.”