Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists it should surprise no one his side are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
A goalless draw at home to Porto confirmed Liverpool’s place in the last eight – their first for nine years – which was already virtually guaranteed after their 5-0 first-leg victory last month. Heading into this round of matches Klopp’s side were the competition’s top scorers with 28 goals and he believes that has already proved they can compete on their return after a three-year absence.
“The next round will be difficult, seven other very good teams – maybe four of them are from England, which doesn’t make it easier,” Klopp said.
“I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semi-finals. We’ll take it step by step.” The quarter-final ties will be played in the first and second weeks of April and Klopp says he ‘doesn’t care’ who Liverpool’s opponents are.
“We take it how it comes,” he said. “We don’t wish for anybody. We play whoever we get.”