Liverpool qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League by eliminating Leipzig on Wednesday in Budapest. But given the very difficult situation of the Reds in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp does not really believe in a coronation in C1 this season. Finally, officially.
A breath of fresh air. Liverpool had to travel to eastern Europe to find a little smile. In Budapest precisely. The Reds dominated Leipzig on Wednesday in a knockout round of the Champions League relocated to Hungary, due to the health situation (2-0). An identical score on the first leg which allowed Mohamed Salah’s partners to validate their ticket for the quarter-finals. With humility.
“We are not stupid”
It must be said that their start of the year 2021 does not really allow them to bulge the torso. In recent weeks, the champions of England have been living a real nightmare in their kingdom. Liverpool remain on six defeats in seven Premier League games. And finds himself in a sad 8th place in the standings, 7 points behind Chelsea, 4th, who occupies the last qualifying place for the C1.
A competition that the 2019 winners are likely to miss next season. Unless they win the current edition. A perspective on which Jürgen Klopp is not betting too much. Publicly, anyway. “The only reason we play this competition is because we want to win it. But we are not stupid and so far this season is not like the one in which we win the Champions League in the end, “said the German coach, in comments reported by Sky Sports.
“Fabinho is one of the best No. 6 in the world”
“We have to wait for the draw for the quarter-finals (scheduled for March 19, editor’s note). It will be an extremely difficult match, whoever the opponent is. But we don’t really think that far, we think of our next match championship. ” It will be in Wolverhampton’s lair on Monday during Matchday 28 (9 p.m. on RMC Sport). With the hope of confirming this European qualification with a victory.
By focusing in particular on Fabinho. The Brazilian, aligned in midfield after having helped out in central defense for a long time, was elected man of the match against Leipzig. “Of course, the No. 6 is his best position, recognizes Klopp. He is one of the best in the world in this position, not only in the defensive phase, but also in creation.”