Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool have a “difficult” Champions League group but has welcomed the challenge. Last season’s runners-up were in pot three for Thursday’s draw despite their 2017-18 heroics and will face Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Group C.
Klopp knows taking on PSG, who have World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian superstar Neymar amongst their ranks, will be tough but he’s looking forward to the competition again.
“To be 100 per cent honest, it was not that I had a group I wished for or whatever,” Klopp told the club’s official website.
“I expected a difficult group, we have a difficult group and that’s what the Champions League is all about.
“PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches.
“Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge.”
Klopp is expecting “a very, very intense atmosphere” at Red Star, who confirmed earlier in the day that UEFA had accepted their appeal against an impending stadium ban for racist chanting.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body announced earlier this month that the Serbian champions would have to play two matches behind closed doors, with a one-match ban for racist behaviour against FK Suduva in July kicking a suspended disciplinary measure into force.
Red Star were also fined 72,000 euros (64,500) but a statement on the club website confirmed that the second match of the ban has now been wiped off.