Klopp insists he would have chosen UCL situation for Liverpool

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BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 06: Manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool looks on prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he would have chosen the opportunity of having to beat Napoli to qualify for the second round of the UEFA Champions League.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss says he would have taken this current situation of needing to win at Anfield to qualify from their group.

“Yeah, that was from all the bad news of getting that group, the only good news was that we have the last game at home,” Klopp said, according to the club’s official website.

“It was not only in our hands that we have still the chance to go through, we know how difficult it will be and Napoli is for sure in a better position – they only need a draw or they can lose and are still through, but they deserved it.”

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 21: Liverpool player James Milner in action during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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The Liverpool footballer will not watch the game between the two Manchester teams, but he hopes the Red Devils can win to help the Reds lift the title.

“We need to be really happy about the chance we still have. If someone gives you a chance, it is all about you to use it. That’s exactly what we want to try. From that point of view, it is all good.”

“Even Belgrade played a different role in the group than probably a lot of people would have expected – they did really well. That’s the group, that’s how it is, we have a chance and we will try everything to get that chance.”

“We know the result(s) we need and it’s quite difficult. Napoli are good in possession and good at counter-attacking as well. They are a typical Italian team, good in defending. That’s a big challenge but it’s football and if something special is possible, then it is here. That’s why we should try it.”