Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals that there is no extra pressure to deliver the team’s first Club World Cup title next month.
Klopp’s Liverpool will fly to Qatar in an effort to win their third trophy of 2019, despite a fixture clash with the Carabao Cup, where they’ll play Aston Villa in the quarter-final.
Before this year, Liverpool hadn’t won a trophy since 2012, but they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final in June to end their silverware wait.
“I’m not someone who has to be the first on the moon or the first winning the World Cup with Liverpool, but when we’re there we’ll try with all we have,” Klopp told the FIFA website.
“We’ll prepare for it as we would usually, and we will see if it’s right or wrong against the team from another continent.
“We don’t have too much information yet, but we will by then for sure, and it will be interesting and difficult as well.”
Liverpool will play Monterrey, Al-Sadd or Hienghene Sport in the semifinals on December 18. Klopp said there was no additional pressure on Liverpool and asked his team to make the most of the chance ahead of them.
“We will see. So far, I don’t feel any pressure. I see it as an absolute opportunity as you don’t often have the chance to play for it,” he said.
“You have to win the Champions League as the European team, so that already makes it special.
“We knew it’d feel great when we won the Champions League, but then we had no real clue how it’d be around the European Super Cup. So, we played it and it felt really great and really big.
“When we go there, we will be prepared and looking forward to it. The boys want to play it, so it will be very interesting, and it will feel big for us, 100 per cent.”