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Klopp: I haven't thought for one second about Barcelona

By Opta
Jurgen Klopp

London, April 27: Jurgen Klopp revealed he is still yet to work out how Liverpool will set up against Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal.

Liverpool ran riot against Huddersfield Town as they moved back to the top of the Premier League, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah netting doubles in a 5-0 win following Naby Keita's opener after 15 seconds.

Barcelona are next up at Camp Nou, yet Klopp refused to contemplate that tie against the Spanish giants while there were still domestic games to play beforehand.

"Can you imagine, I didn't think a second about Barca before right now," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I saw them in my life about 100 times, but I didn't think a second about them.

"We start now, we have five days before that game, it’s enough to rest, enough to train, enough to recover.

"So many teams have tried to win there and didn't. It's not likely to happen for us, but it is possible. We will have a plan for sure, but not right at the moment."

The pressure is now back on Manchester City in the Premier League title race, with Pep Guardiola's side facing Burnley on Sunday.

Any slip-up would put Liverpool in the ascendency with two fixtures – against Newcastle United and Wolves – remaining, yet Klopp is not looking too far ahead.

"I don't know if it will be Burnley, Leicester City or Brighton or any of them," Klopp said when asked if he thought City may drop points in the run-in.

"I don't even know what will happen at Newcastle, to be honest. If somebody should be champions they will be champions, if not then they will not.

"We have to do our job, win the games and see what happens. The talk is normal, but it doesn't really bother us, 91 points is just incredible.

"It's special so far, the boys have done everything they had to do to have a chance.

"All over it was brilliant, a really good performance, everything that we need was there. Really happy. A perfect day, nearly. We won this game in a really impressive manner."

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Story first published: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 4:10 [IST]
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