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Klopp: 'We are happy to go again'

Ahead of Liverpool’s game against Internazionale tonight, Caroline De Moraes caught up with Reds manager Jürgen Klopp

How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

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How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

Klopp: 'We are happy to go again'
Interview

Klopp: 'We are happy to go again'

Ahead of Liverpool’s game against Internazionale tonight, Caroline De Moraes caught up with Reds manager Jürgen Klopp

How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

Penalty Pedigree

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How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

Read the full story
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How are you feeling about the game?

I think the team feels good; I’m okay. I think the result is much better than you would have expected before the first leg, but being 2-0 up at half time is the most dangerous result you can have: it feels like it’s decided but it’s not. We didn’t start in the business yesterday, so we know that. So that’s why there’s nothing to defend; we just have to attack the game again and try to win this one as well. But you know, it will be really difficult, because we knew before the first game against Inter that they were good – but in the game, we realised they’re really good. But it’s fine, we are happy to go again.

What do you expect from Inter?

I expect them to chase the game. That’s what I would do – why play and give up? They want to go for it, I’m pretty sure. They have a defensive set-up but a pretty offensive approach, so they’ve scored quite a lot of goals. They set up with basically massive centre-backs and wing-backs. They now have a new one: obviously my German companion Robin Gosens was injured [for the first leg], but he played [in Serie A at the weekend] and had a real impact on the game. We could maybe expect him to play. 

What’s it like to be at Anfield on Champions League night?

The good thing about it is that even after a lot of times, you cannot get used to it. We’ve played now, obviously, for a few years in the Champions League and it never gets normal. I’m really happy about these crazy European nights at Anfield. It’s special because of the atmosphere, yes, but it’s special because of the atmosphere on the pitch as well – and that’s what we have to create.

One of your new players, Luis Díaz has been fantastic from the word go. What is it about this club that players are able to settle in so quickly?

We have this phrase: “Welcome the new player as you want to be welcomed when you go somewhere.” But the main reason is the quality of Luis. It’s just staggering, to be honest, when you watch him play. We played twice against Porto and you see when a player is good, but you don’t get the detail too much. Then you see him on the training pitch, and that was like: “Wow.” That’s a different level. And how much he enjoys being here is really nice to see; he cannot train without a smile on his face – it’s madness. He doesn’t speak a word of English, only “Hello.” So far we haven’t overloaded him with information, we’ve just let him play, and it’s working pretty well.

You’re closing in on your 50th win in the Champions League. It’s been quite a journey for you to get here; some great moments, some tough moments. What have you learnt?

What did I learn? A lot, in the Champions League, but again it’s similar to Anfield: you don’t get used to it. I love the format, I love everything about it, I really think it’s an incredible competition. It’s the biggest competition in world football – club competition, definitely. It’s absolutely massive to be part of it. When we started here we wanted to sign players – good players obviously – but they were always like: “Yes, but you aren’t playing in the Champions League.” I got a bit angry in those moments: “Of course we aren’t playing, but we will if you join us.” I prefer getting players in who want to push the train rather than jump onto the train. 

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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