Champions League

Klopp won't sacrifice European campaign for Premier League

2019-12-10 08:23
Jurgen Klopp
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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 City.

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 played.

"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."

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