No guarantees Liverpool will progress in Champions League: Coach Klopp

Dec 06, 2017, 11:37 IST | PA Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts there are no guarantees his side will progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League despite the odds being stacked in their favour

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts there are no guarantees his side will progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League despite the odds being stacked in their favour. A draw at home to Spartak Moscow in their final group match would be enough to put them through, while a win would ensure they top the table but Klopp is taking nothing for granted.

Coach Klopp

Three years ago they needed to win at home to Basel to progress but a draw dropped Brendan Rodgers' side into the Europa League and the current Reds boss is keen for the focus to avoid any slip-ups after conceding a three-goal half-time lead in Seville last time out saw them miss out on early qualification. He would not even let more questions about Philippe Coutinho's future — "not one second have I thought about it" — or Sunday's looming Merseyside derby deflect from the task at hand. "We are only part of the Champions League because we want to go to the next round," he said as Liverpool look to make the knockout stage for the first time since 2009.

"All good and bad things that happened in the Champions League — mostly good — has brought us to this situation and if we win we are through and that is cool. "I know a lot of people might think we should be already through but that's not life, it is not 'if' and 'when' it is about the moment. "You don't have guarantees in life but if you don't try all you get is nothing, so let's try all and we will see where it leads us to."

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