Without European football this campaign, Jürgen Klopp has put an emphasis on domestic cup runs. However, an EFL Cup round of 16 draw against Tottenham poses a major challenge to the club's chances of winning the tournament. In their lone Premier League meeting this year the teams fought to a 1-1 stalemate.
The manager spoke about the moments before and after he learned about the cup draw. As usual, his take provided a humorous look at a rather mundane moment.
"I was waiting for the draw and then saw West Ham - Chelsea, a little smile to be honest; then Manchester United - City, oh nice, another smile," Klopp said. "Then a freeze in my face because we got Tottenham. But it's good. I think it's a big boost for the competition."
While he knows the match up will push Liverpool, he hopes it can create the type of atmosphere usually reserved for European nights.
"I am happy about playing at home," Klopp said. "When we cannot have European nights, let's take what we can get. It will be fantastic and I am really looking forward to it."
"It's a big opportunity for all the teams, they all try to go through and you can see this with the line-ups. That's pretty exciting," he added.