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Liverpool's chances of qualification high after Champions League group announcement

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool's chances of qualification high after Champions League group announcement

While acknowledging the quality of the opponents awaiting them, Klopp declared his excitement at leading his side once again in the Champions League.

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After being drawn in Pot 2 of the draw in Turkey, Liverpool were placed in Group A on Thursday night alongside AFC Ajax, Napoli and Glasgow Rangers. Speaking after the draw, the manager said: "The first thing to say is that this is a real challenge.

"All the clubs have quality, they all have pedigree and I would say they all have a chance. The good thing is that we have them too, so it makes sense for us to rise to the challenge and give it a go. We're not asking for any favours and we haven't been given any favours, but this is not a competition where you can look for easy ways through because the standard is always incredibly high," he said.

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According to the German coach, the only difference this year is that the group stage will be shorter than usual, so he will have to be prepared, not only for the quality of the opponents, but also for the different demands and rhythms, although he won't have to look too hard to find information about our opponents, because they already know them so well.

Klopp's words

"Only a couple of years ago we played two very tough games against Ajax and we played Napoli quite regularly, so we know quite a lot about both of them and they know quite a lot about us. However, I know there will also be new lessons to learn. There always are," he said.

"Rangers are a new opponent for us, but we know them as well. Their history in recent years has been very interesting and they did very, very well to qualify for the group stage, considering the teams they faced in the qualifiers," Klopp added.

"The only certainty right now is that the six games will be incredibly competitive and very intense. I'm excited about it. It's a real football group and, as I said, a real challenge," concluded the manager, who met his opponents in Europe's premier club competition on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Bournemouth at Anfield.