Jurgen Klopp insists it should surprise no one Liverpool are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after explaining the target he set his side.
A goalless draw at home to Porto confirmed Liverpool’s place in the last eight – their first for nine years – which was already virtually guaranteed after their 5-0 first-leg victory last month.
Heading into this round of matches Klopp’s side were the competition’s top scorers with 28 goals and he believes that has already proved they can compete on their return after a three-year absence.
“It should not be a big surprise,” he said.
“I never had a time schedule in my mind where I thought ‘we have to be there and then have to be there’.
“Actually, I don’t want to make it smaller than it is, but on the other side I don’t want to make it bigger than it is.
“This year we belong there, to be honest. Next round will be very difficult, that is clear. There will be seven other very good teams, maybe another four from England which does not make it easier.
“I think we will have a chance, for sure, to get through to the semis and that of course is our target.
“Take it step by step. It is cool absolutely. This is our first year when we had the opportunity to do it so I think we are in time.
“We are a little bit satisfied, to be honest. There is a good development in Liverpool, a nice moment.
“It is good, it is done and now let’s carry on.”
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