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Klopp responds to Champions League draw outcome

Jürgen KloppLiverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has given his reaction to yesterday’s Champions League draw.

The Reds were drawn in Group E along with Napoli, Genk and Salzburg with the first game away to Napoli scheduled for Tuesday 17th September.

Speaking to the official Liverpool FC website, Klopp said: “Napoli again! I don’t know how often I’ve now played against Napoli, but they’re obviously a very experienced side.

“I will need now to have another, closer look at Genk and Salzburg, but I already know they are very young, very exciting and very fresh, so it will be interesting, 100 per cent. I don’t think I’ve ever played against Salzburg or Genk, so that’s interesting.

“It’s how it always is, it’s not an easy group and not a group where we can hide behind anybody. We have to try everything to go through, but we are really looking forward to it like always.

“Now we know the opponents, when we were walking off the pitch from training I immediately spoke with Divock about playing Genk. We will do our analysis and research on all three teams, but we know they all played exceptional seasons last year.

“Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, like they did with Sadio and Naby – they’ve found a lot of others, too. It will be really interesting.

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“Napoli are just a really good side. The home game we played against Napoli was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid. It was not allowed to concede against Napoli with the strength they have in counter-attacks. The way they play is clear and it’s really good.

“In the pre-season games, when we won 5-0 in Dublin I was not interested in the result. Now this year we lost 3-0 and that’s not too interesting, but you see just how good they are. They were not complete, we were not complete, but they are a really good side.

“Carlo [Ancelotti] has such experience and has won the competition so often. When they went out last year, it was pretty close – Ali made a big save in the last seconds, so they will remember that and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure.

“With the other two teams, I know how people are and immediately they will say these are the two ‘smaller teams’ of the group. They are not. I am not sure how it is for Genk, but for Salzburg they fought for so long and so hard to be part of the Champions League, so they will fight with whatever they have. They will have 30,000 in their stadium who will show how long they were waiting for it.

“That’s the group, so now let’s prepare for it.”


Tuesday September 17 – Napoli v Liverpool (8pm UK)
Wednesday October 2 – Liverpool v Salzburg (8pm UK)
Wednesday October 23 – Genk v Liverpool (8pm UK)
Tuesday November 5 – Liverpool v Genk (8pm UK)
Wednesday November 27 – Liverpool v Napoli (8pm UK)
Tuesday December 10 – Salzburg v Liverpool (5.55pm UK)