Tuesday 17 September 2019

Jurgen Klopp relishing Barcelona showdown as Liverpool send out a Champions League warning

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shows appreciation to the fans after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shows appreciation to the fans after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side are better prepared for Champions League glory this season, as they moved into the semi-finals for second successive season with a 6-1 aggregate win against Porto.

Klopp's side lost in the final of last season's competition against Real Madrid and he believes they are now ready for the challenge of a last four battle against Barcelona.

"We are more experienced, that is clear," he declared. "We had difficult away games and we knew it would be the same as at Manchester City and Roma last year. It is all good. A difficult game but we go to the semi-finals.

"We played better this season. It was always going to be a whirlwind here and that was what it was. Second half the energy level dropped for Porto and we could control the game and score the goals.

"It is first time for me to play Barcelona, apart from in friendlies. I am looking forward to that."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson suggested his side were fortunate to win with comfort against a dangerous Porto side.

"They are a good a team, they made it intense and the lads dug in and defended really well," Henderson told BT Sport. "They had some half chances. You could see the effort that we put in. I was warming up when Sadio [Mane] scored and I thought it was a goal. I think I was the only one.

"Thankfully it was given and it gave us a real boost coming in at half time. When I came on I tried to keep the ball and be sensible. Joe (Gomez) made a great run (for Roberto Firmino's goal), I just tried to hit an area and it's a great finish from Bobby.

"The scoreline flattered us a little bit. Porto had a real good go. Even when we went in front it was a real good atmosphere."

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