Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defends Neymar over dive claims before PSG clash

Tuesday, 18 Sep, 2018

"The players they have, the manager they have, they all brought it together to go as far as possible in the Champions League", he added. "We will have tougher tests now, but ones that we'll look forward to". They are a team who demand Liverpool's respect but another by-product of last season is that no opponent leaves Klopp's team daunted. Which front three can be the best? We try to avoid passes to him and him winning challenges and all that stuff, which is a big job to do, to be honest. "Another 30 hours before the game so we will see". I think everybody who saw the picture after the game was shocked.

"He obviously gets kicked a lot, " said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who was at the World Cup with England. The teenager will be fresh for Tuesday night's clash after being rested in PSG's recent win over St Etienne.

"I thought it's smart that he saves himself".

"For me that is a completely normal reaction because players were really going for him and he wants to protect himself and I understand that as well". The rhythm they have - they're at a very, very high level. "This is the most coveted trophy by the biggest European teams".

It's a fantastic event.

The manner of the defeat by Real Madrid could have left lasting scars and, in Loris Karius's case, it did result in a ticket to Istanbul and Besiktas but it did not have a detrimental effect on the manager's rebuilding plans in the summer, it did not result in the break-up of a richly talented team and it has only hardened Liverpool's resolve to go one step further.

Can PSG's players cope with the Anfield atmosphere? But he enjoyed the greater success at Mainz, leading them into Europe in 2011. But it has influenced the outcome of games in the past.

Liverpool FC are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and level on points with current leaders Chelsea FC after five games. We don't try to act on these type of things.

"I don't think about these kind of things. No chance, but we all hope tomorrow (he'll be ok)", said Klopp.

What chance of a trophy?

"But we want to play football and we want to win the ball".

We will close the gap on Manchester City, without a doubt. He doesn't have to be anxious because we don't go for him against us. You think with Man City winning it previous year, and the squad they have got, it is going to be a tall order.

One by one, Jurgen Klopp rattled off the names and highlighted each superstar's quality.