One of Europe’s hottest teams in the current season, Liverpool are seen as the candidate to win the top two titles in the current season: the Premier League and the Champions League. And on the eve of leading his team again for the European competition against Bayern Munich, coach Jürgen Klopp was asked what his preference would be between the two cups – and he dodged.
– It’s hard for me to answer the question, but for all Liverpool fans, it’s the Premier League. Of course. But now (the focus) is the Champions League, and we have to do our best tomorrow. Thank you, God, for not having to decide now, “he said.
European champions for the last time in 2004/05, in an epic final against Milan – which is commonly described as the Istanbul miracle -, Liverpool is experiencing fasting beyond annoyance in the English Championship. The Reds’ last achievement was in the 1989/90 season – when the tournament was in another era, before the founding of the Premier League. Since the creation of the new competition, the team at most was in second place.
European runners-up with Borussia Dortmund in the 2012/13 season, losing a final against the same Bayern, Klopp will find the Bavarians in the round of 16. And he has reasons to worry, especially on the defensive sector: Virgil van Dijk is suspended and Joe Gomez is injured with a broken leg.
The expectation is on behalf of Lovren. The Croatian has been stuck since January 7 because of a thigh injury but is likely to return to the field on Tuesday. Klopp preferred to remain cautious and wait “minute by minute.” When asked if Fabinho could be improvised behind, he left the possibility open.
– In this case (Fabinho play in the defense) in the Champions League, against Bayern Munich, is not an easy task. But we think it makes sense that we do not leave our last line alone defending against Bayern. It depends on how we’re going to defend, in general. There will be many times when we will have to defend. We work on this, we respect the quality of Bayern Munich very much, “he said.
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