Klopp won't take progression for granted

Dec 5, 2017 - 4:23 PM Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts there are no guarantees his side will progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

A draw at home to Spartak Moscow in their final group match on Wednesday would be enough to put them through, while a win would ensure Liverpool top the table, but Klopp is taking nothing for granted.

The Reds boss is keen for the focus to avoid any slip-ups after conceding a three-goal half-time lead in Seville last time out saw them miss out on early qualification.

"We are only part of the Champions League because we want to go to the next round," he said as Liverpool look to make the knockout stage for the first time since 2009.

"All good and bad things that happened in the Champions League, mostly good, has brought us to this situation and if we win we are through and that is cool.

"I know a lot of people might think we should be already through but that's not life, it is not "if" and 'when' it is about the moment."

"You don't have guarantees in life but if you don't try all you get nothing so let's try all and we will see where it leads us to."

Klopp insists he will play his strongest team despite Sunday's derby at home to an Everton side buoyed by the appointment of new permanent manager Sam Allardyce.

That starting XI is likely to include playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who continues to be surrounding by speculation of a renewed bid from Barcelona after the Catalan club's failure to sign him in the summer.

"I don't think about it, I think about the Moscow game," Klopp said when questioned on the Brazilian's future.

"Not one second have I thought about that so far. I am not unsure, I am not sure, I don't think about it.

"No one knows what will happen in the "nice and calm"' January transfer window. It's nice from an outside view but I have absolutely nothing to say."

Forward Sadio Mane is expected to return after being rested at the weekend and the Senegal international is targeting a victory to progress as group winners.

"For us it is very important. It is still possible so we will try and do it tomorrow," he said. "Every game is important for us. We are improving every single game."

Source: AAP

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