Klopp warns people not to underestimate Roma


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the Champions League draw.

The German saw his side drawn against Italian side AS Roma in the final four stage of the competition and has warned people not to take the Serie A club lightly.

“Because I knew I’d have to say something after it, I tried to think about what I feel, but it was not that I thought ‘Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma’ or the other way around.” he told his press conference.

“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition.

“Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football, so there is a chance against Roma.

“If anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person.

“They obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, 4-1 was not how the game was – it was Lionel Messi genius against a good side of Roma.

“The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did.

“They should have probably won 4-0 or 5-0 – I was really impressed.

“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition.” he finished.

Klopp did go on to say that he was excited about the prospect of taking on a club he is yet to face in a competitive game, having already managed Borussia Dortmund in Champions League ties with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

“Rome is the only place of the three options where I have not played before. That is already exciting,” he said.

“I think they will be two difficult games, they are a fantastic side. You saw the two games against Barcelona.

“They’ve played a good season after a difficult transfer window last year. They lost not only Mo but also Emerson – two key players for them.

“They are fighting for the Champions League again. I watched the second leg against Barcelona, they were outstanding.” he finished.

Liverpool will entertain Roma in the first leg on Tuesday 24th April before visiting Italy for the return match on Wednesday 2nd May with a place in the Kiev final at stake.

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