Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool 'dreamt' of reaching UCL last-16 this season

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool 'dreamt' of reaching UCL last-16 this season
From ESPN - February 13, 2018

PORTO, Portugal -- Jurgen Klopp says he and his players "dreamt" in the summer of reaching the knockout rounds of the Champions League as Liverpool prepare for their last-16 tie with Porto.

This is the first time Liverpool have reached the Champions League's round of 16 since the 2008-09 season, having finished fourth in the Premier League last term.

Liverpool face a Porto side at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday evening, with Sergio Conceicao's team only losing once on home soil this season.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday evening, Klopp said: "Yes, on a good day we are really strong.

"We need to be outstandingly strong tomorrow to get a result at Porto because they are very experienced, very physical, hard, good footballers, good plan. It's quite a job to do and that's all we are focussed on.

"But we are in a very positive way and that's all we are focussed on. We are looking forward to it. We wanted to come here.

"When was the draw? In December? Probably, so it's long ago. It was long enough to wait for the next round in the Champions League.

"But to be honest, we dreamt of it and now we are here. It's good, really good. It's feels good. Everything is prepared. The last 16 means 16 really good football teams face each other."

Klopp was asked about Liverpool's chances of winning the Champions League outright, with the question referencing the club's unlikely triumph in the competition back in 2005.

The Liverpool manager responded by saying: "I do not think the 2005 side thought about this before the round of last 16. If they did, it would really surprise me and I can ask Rafa [Benitez].


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