Jurgen Klopp cannot wait for the challenge that awaits Liverpool in their “incredibly competitive and intense” Champions League group.
The Reds are looking to go one better in Europe’s premier club competition this season, after losing 1-0 to Real Madrid in last year’s final at Stade de France.
Liverpool were placed in Group A during Thursday’s draw in Istanbul, alongside Ajax, Napoli and Rangers, who return to the group stages after a 12-year absence.
Klopp expects “a proper, proper challenge” in the group stages of UEFA’s flagship club competition, though he is relishing the upcoming task.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2022
“The first thing to say is this is a proper, proper challenge,” the Liverpool manager told the club’s official website. “All of the clubs have quality, they all have pedigree and I would say they all have a chance.
“The good thing is that we do also, so it makes sense for us to look forward to the challenge and give it a try.
“We did not ask for any favours and we have not been given any, but this is not a competition where you can look for easy ways through because the standard is always unbelievably high.
“The difference this year is that the group stage will be shorter than usual, so we will have to be ready not just for the quality of the opposition, but also for the different demands and rhythms.
“The only certainty right now is that all of the six games will be incredibly competitive and really intense. I’m excited about it. It is a proper football group and, like I said, a proper challenge.”
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