Liverpool attacking firepower will worry rivals – Klopp
Philippe Coutinho, who bagged a hat-trick for the first time in his Liverpool career alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah were all on target as the Reds dismantled Spartak Moscow in a 7-goal rampage. Hence, Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp believes his side’s attacking brilliance will cause worry for their rivals in the Champions League.
In an electrifying display, Liverpool sealed their qualification to the round of 16 alongside all four other English clubs to make it five clubs from the same league in the knock-out stage for the first time in Champions League history. The victory also capped Klopp’s Men as the second highest scoring side in Champions’ League group stage and the highest scoring side from the premier league ever.
“If we perform like this tonight if we are that clinical, then yes we can [strike fear into opponents]” reiterated Klopp, whose team also put seven past Maribor. “But we had the same players before and they didn’t score and then it is not that we talk like this. That is not a criticism of the past. If we always perform like this then we are obviously a threat, 100 percent. And if you see how Dom Solanke performed at Stoke, how Dani Strurridge performed when he came on tonight – he could have scored two or three but he made a goal for Sadio – that’s good”
Liverpool’s victory ensured they topped their group and they are set to face either Basel, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk or holders Real Madrid in the next round as they qualified for the round of 16 for the first time since 2008-09
Klopp added “We knew if we win we would top the group so that’s not the biggest surprise but I think it’s strange this year in the group stage. There are a lot of really strong teams in second place. Obviously, all the teams in the last 16 are strong but this year is quite special. It’s not often you face Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Juve if you win your group. Antonio Conte mentioned it yesterday – there are no easy opponents and I don’t think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw. We will not be happy when we see who we face in the next round, but we will be ready”.
The premier league has endured frustrating seasons in Europe but it’s a different story this year as Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea all join Liverpool in the round of 16. “I could not be less interested in the other teams to be honest but I think the reason [for five English teams in the draw] is quality”, Klopp concluded
“All the teams in the Champions League have strong squads. We will see where this leads to, but it’s a fact that English football is top quality. I don’t know why it didn’t happen in the last few years. I don’t think there are a lot of options for English teams in next round but it is good news for English football. There has been a lot of good news for English football recently with their youth teams winning World Cups.”
The Liverpool handler was in an extremely high spirit after the match but he must now begin to think about the derby clash with Everton on Sunday. The injury suffered by defender “Alberto Moreno” will be the only low point in a fascinating evening for Liverpool.