Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no interest in getting
knocked out of the Champions League to improve the team's chances at winning
the Premier League.
The Reds currently top the Premier League by eight points
from Leicester and a massive 14 points from defending champions Manchester
However, their European crown could be under threat against
Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday and, if they do not secure a point in Austria,
they will face the prospect of dropping into the Europa League.
There is an argument, should that happen, Klopp could then
write off the competition and play a second-string side in order to concentrate
on the Premier League.
"Can we go out of the Champions League and the Europa
League?" Klopp said, pointing out an exit from the Champions League would
not rid them of European football.
When it was suggested to him, he could field a team of
youngsters in the Europa League, he added: "Ahh! In the last 32, or 64.
Whatever? Yeah, interesting.
"So, we are not part of these thoughts obviously. We
are really ambitious in that tournament - no really.
"So yeah, actually we want to go until the end again -
we have nothing better to do in the middle of May or whenever the final is
"That was cool (last season) and we want to do it
again. Absolutely nothing else is on our mind.
"But we know (it is) step-by-step. Tomorrow is really difficult,
and we have to be ready for that."
- TeamTalk Media