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Champions League: Klopp Speaks On Facing Barcelona & Stopping Lionel Messi

Champions League: Klopp Speaks On Facing Barcelona & Stopping Lionel Messi
Porto vs Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp’s Reaction

Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp says he is “really happy” about facing Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Concise News reports that the Reds set up a meeting with the Spanish club in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition after a 6-1 aggregate victory over FC Porto in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

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Holding a two-goal advantage from last week’s first leg at Anfield, Klopp’s side ran out 4-1 winners in the return fixture at the Estadio do Dragao courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk.

Read on for a transcript of Klopp’s post-match press conference…

On whether Liverpool can overcome Barcelona

We are in the semi-final, we play against Barcelona, you can imagine I don’t think too much about it. But I’m really happy about the fact that we play them. We will find things where we think we probably could use it or whatever, but on the other hand side, I don’t care, I don’t mind tonight. Tonight we are in the semi-final and we play on Sunday against Cardiff – that’s in my mind and will be in my mind 100 per cent when I wake up tomorrow and not how we play against Barcelona.

We have enough time for that and we can watch so many teams who tried it already and maybe we find something. I’m looking forward to it, but not tonight. It’s brilliant. The news that there’s a competition, a proper football game between Barcelona and Liverpool, I think that’s really good news. I’m happy for all the people in the club that it’s like this; second time in the second year in the semi-final. That’s a big statement. However you go there, it’s difficult. Everybody tries it and nobody did it in the last two years. I am really proud of the boys, it’s brilliant what they did. We did it in different ways, it makes it even more special. I’m really happy.

On stopping Lionel Messi

Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight and thank God I have a few more nights to think about it! I think everybody tried it so far and nobody can really do it. We still will try it. But we are looking forward to it, but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. So let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare for Barcelona. Then we will see. I have never played Barcelona in a proper game, so [it’s] my first time there and I’m looking forward to it.