Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he took a serious interest in FC Midtjylland’s developing project after leaving Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool and their Danish opponents meet at Anfield on Tuesday in their second Group D Champions League clash.
The hosts are the overwhelming favourites to take victory, with Midtjylland losing 4-0 to Atalanta last time out.
However speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game, Klopp warned of the “clear plan” that his players will face.
He also spoke of a past interest in the Danish club during his footballing hiatus after leaving Dortmund.
“Since yesterday I knew a lot (about them). I knew a little bit about the story of the club but it’s a very interesting project,” the coach told reporters.
“They are really good and it’s a challenge – it’s a real challenge and we have to be ready for it.”
He added: “In my break I was interested to go there for a while to have a look at exactly what they do. But then I signed for Liverpool so I couldn’t do that.
“But it just shows that it was five years ago and it’s a very interesting approach.
“You know what Midtjylland is doing, they can either build up or go more direct. If you press them high, they will play long. They have really experienced defenders, good footballing midfielders and speed on the wings.
“They have physicality in the centre up front and a clear plan, so we have to see. We have a clear plan which is adaptable, I would say, so we have to try that.
“Then we have to make a lot of good decisions in the game and we have to be ready for a proper, proper fight.”
Klopp offers injury update
Elsewhere in the press conference, Klopp revealed that Tuesday’s game could come too soon for his injury absentees.
While Alisson Becker returned last weekend, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Joel Matip remain on the sidelines.
Asked if the trio would feature against Midtjylland, Klopp said: “I don’t think so, it’s still what I said last week. We look day by day but it looks like they will need a few more days.
“So for tomorrow night they will probably not be ready.”