Klopp on Champions League opponents

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that he will need to “take a closer look” at Genk and Salzburg.

Klopp said: “I don’t know how often I’ve now played against Napoli, but they’re obviously a very experienced side. I will need now to have another, closer look at Genk and Salzburg, but I already know they are very young, very exciting and very fresh, so it will be interesting, 100 per cent. I don’t think I’ve ever played against Salzburg or Genk, so that’s interesting. It’s how it always is, it’s not an easy group and not a group where we can hide behind anybody.”

Divock Origi spent the majority of his youth career at Genk, whilst Naby Keita and Sadio Mane spent time in Salzburg early on in their careers, so Klopp will be tapping into their knowledge: “Now we know the opponents, when we were walking off the pitch from training, I immediately spoke with Divock about playing Genk! We will do our analysis and research on all three teams, but we know they all played exceptional seasons last year. Of course, Salzburg are famous for bringing through new players, like they did with Sadio and Naby – they’ve found a lot of others, too. It will be really interesting.”

Liverpool should be very happy with their Champions League group stage draw. Not too difficult and not too far to travel. It’s a win-win situation really.

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