Liverpool showed they 'belong' in UCL, but aren't 'satisfied' yet - Klopp

Liverpool showed they 'belong' in UCL, but aren't 'satisfied' yet - Klopp
From ESPN - March 6, 2018

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool "belong" in the latter stages of the Champions League as they reached the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time since 2009.

Liverpool's place in the last eight of Europe's premier club competition was confirmed on Tuesday following the goalless draw with Porto at Anfield in the second leg of a round-of-16 tie, having held a 5-0 advantage from the first leg.

Speaking at his postmatch news conference, Klopp admitted reaching the quarterfinals was an achievement in itself, but insists Liverpool will not rest on their laurels in Europe.

"I do not want to make it smaller than it is, but on the other side, I do not want to make it bigger than it is," Klopp said. "I think this year we belong there, to be honest. It should not be a surprise.

"The next round will be very difficult -- I think that's clear. There are a lot of good teams, seven very good teams involved. Maybe four of them are from England. It does not make it easier, to be honest.

"I think we will have a chance, for sure, to go to the semis and that's, of course, the target. But take it step by step, it's cool -- absolutely.

"I do not think it's early [for us]. This year is the first opportunity we had to do it and now we are in."

He added: "We are not a little bit satisfied, to be honest. But I think it was time that we showed up again.

"[There's] good development in Liverpool at the moment, it's a nice moment. But you do not show up in a competition like the Champions League and nobody really will realise it.


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