Jurgen Klopp dismisses ‘small club’ tag of Midtjylland as Liverpool expect tough Champions League battle

Klopp is keen to avoid another early exit this time around and is ready to resume the club’s love affair with the competition.

“It should not happen again, of course, but that is far away. We played a really good game against Atletico, but people tend to forget that when you lose,” said Klopp.

“The game in Madrid, we lost 1-0 there, but we were in the game and we played a superb game at home, which sounds crazy because we lost.

“Performance-wise it was not a problem, it was a very strange time at that time and we had heard a lot of things the day before, and in the lead up to the game at Anfield, that it would be the last game before the lockdown. The things around the game were completely different.

“But we love the competition even though we got knocked out early. It is Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield again tomorrow, even though there is no crowd, and it is a competition we love. I hope we showed that last week too.

“There are no guarantees but plenty of opportunities and we like opportunities, so let’s see where we go.”

Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara will not be fit in time to be involved against Midtjylland.

Klopp was not giving too much away regarding the timescales for their returns from injury but did reveal at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Group D game that the trio would miss out against the Danish club.

PA

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