Klopp: Anfield returns to Suarez, Coutinho will not be "friendly match"


Date of publication: Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:55

Jurgen Klopp is trying his best to direct his focus back to the Premier League title race but expects a "wonderful match" as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho return to Anfield with Barcelona.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk were on the scoresheet Wednesday's win by 4-1 in Porto secured a final Champions League meeting between the Premier League leaders and LaLiga's main team.

Suarez and Coutinho, who both enjoyed bright passes for Liverpool, will return to Anfield in the second round, which will be played on 7 May.

It is hoped that both former Reds will have an advantage over both legs and Klopp He was asked at the post-match press conference on the prospect of facing two former players.

"Honestly, the only thing I'm thinking about is Cardiff on Sunday," Klopp said.

"For these two boys, it's very special because they are Liverpool legends.

"But I do not think it will be a friendly game, we have to fight and work and they will do it too.

"It's a wonderful match, Liverpool vs Barcelona in the semi-finals. Now let's try to do our best and see what happens. "

In facing Messi, Klopp added: "Thank God I do not have to think about it tonight. I have some nights.

"No one has until now, but let's try. We've got some jobs before then.


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