Klopp makes his entry into the Champions League; explains the need for line-up changes


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes this season’s Champions League squad is the club’s toughest since joining in 2015.

The Reds were placed in Group B with Porto, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, opponents of Anfield on Wednesday night.

And Klopp has no illusions about how difficult the task the 2019 winners will have to reach the knockout stage.

“This is the strongest group we have had since being at Liverpool,” said Klopp.

“In 2012-2013 in Dortmund, I think we had Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax – it was a good group.

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“This group prevents two very good teams from knockouts and delivers a solid team to the Europa League.

“I never understand when people talk about changes in the Champions League. I love the Champions League as it is and this group shows that there are no games where people are going to be like ‘I really want to watch this’.

“It will be exciting from the first to the last second. I don’t see any kind of early decisions made in this group.

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Meanwhile, Klopp has made four changes to his squad to face Milan at home.

Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi all received starts.

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Klopp explains the changes

Gomez teamed up with Joel Matip in defense while Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Origi started the attack.

Sadio Mané and Virgil Van Dijk were left on the bench as Klopp shuffled his bag.

Klopp said BT Sport: “Virgil could have played. I had to force myself really sensitive and that’s how it is. We have a lot of games coming up.

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“It’s not exactly what Virgil wanted, it’s not exactly what I wanted but I had to do it anyway.

“Up front we need speed and have to use the whole team.

“It has nothing to do with disrespecting AC Milan or anything, it’s about bringing new legs and surprising the opponent a bit.”

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