Champions League show highlighted Liverpool’s progress, feels Juergen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with 5-0 tie aggregate despite a goalless draw against Porto in the second leg of last 16 at Anfield on Tuesday.For the first time in nine years, Liverpool have reached the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition — the last time being in 2009 where they lost to Chelsea in a dramatic 7-5 aggregate defeat.Liverpool last won the Champions League way back in 2005 but manager Juergen Klopp felt this Champions League performance shows the development that is happening at Liverpool. (Champions League: Liverpool F.C. ease into quarters with goalless draw vs Porto)”There is a good development in Liverpool at the moment, it is a nice moment, but if you don’t show up in a competition like the Champions League then no one realises it,” Klopp said.”So I am happy for all the people involved that we made that step. It’s done, it’s good and now let’s go and carry on.”#UCL last eight awaits. pic.twitter.com/2dbbpYr5VXLiverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018He admitted that he cannot feel as happy as the people who have waited long for this day but it nonetheless felt good. However, he insisted that Liverpool were not satisfied by just reaching the quarter-finals.”It feels good to be honest, feels really good. I cannot feel like people who waited so long for it, but it feels good,” said Klopp, who made clear that he expected more.”Last eight is cool. (But) we’re not a little bit satisfied to be honest. I think it was time that we showed up again,” he said.advertisementKlopp, who took his previous club Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2012, losing to Bayern Munich, is in his third season at the Merseyside club and said this year’s progress in Europe was about in line with his expectations for the team’s improvement.”I never had a time schedule in my mind. I don’t want to make it smaller than it is but, on the other hand, I don’t want to make it bigger than it is.”This year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise and the next round will be very difficult, there are seven other very good teams involved, so maybe five or four are from England, it doesn’t make it easier to be honest.”But I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semis, that is of course the target. I think we are in time.”Porto manager Sergio Conceicao feels Liverpool have what it takes to go all the way again.”Liverpool are definitely one of the teams that can win this year, they are really strong and everyone knows that,” said the former Portugal winger.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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