‘Our fans should be looking forward to it’ – Jürgen Klopp on UCL draw – Liverpool FC

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The Reds were alongside Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan during the draw in Istanbul. 

Offering his immediate reaction at the AXA Training Centre, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I laughed, to be honest, pretty loud because it is a tough group obviously. 

“It’s Champions League, so that’s how it is, and you have to play the best teams in Europe, and obviously some of them are in our group! 

“We played, I don’t know how often, already against Porto, so they will be waiting for us. We have obviously a little bit of [an] open bill with Atletico, and AC Milan, a historical one obviously. 

“So, I think our supporters should be looking forward to it – we do, for sure. 

“I know that people sit always at home and think, ‘Ah come on, that would be cool, then you have this team together and the worst of pot four and the worst of pot one’ and all this kind of stuff. 

“So, we didn’t get that obviously but we’re still pretty ambitious and would like to show the really hard work from last year, qualifying for the Champions League, that it was worth it. That’s how we will play the games.”

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The opening phase of Europe’s premier club competition begins next month and is scheduled to conclude in early December, with fixture details to be confirmed soon. 

On how the strength of his squad will be required as his team’s fixture schedule gets busier, the boss continued: “We have a good team whoever is playing, that’s how it is. 

“But it’s not that we play in the Champions League and have a look at who can play in the Champions League and then who can then play in the Premier League. 

“No, we try to bring the best team always on the pitch – and that can have some probably physical reasons sometimes, and sometimes shape reasons. 

“But we need the squad definitely for the whole year, that’s definitely the case. 

“But now thinking about these games, my first idea was not to think about rotation or whatever, it’s about playing football and go for it.”