Things are heating up for Liverpool if you listen to the commentary that punctuates every single game. Never mind the fact that Manchester City has dropped more points than Liverpool (we’ve only lost one game this entire season, guys!) and the fact that the Reds are still at the top of the table. Still, it’s February and both the title race and the Champions League fixtures are starting to pick up.
Klopp isn’t planning to put the brakes on either effort, however.
“We will try [to go for both], for sure,” Klopp said. “That is what we tried last year. There was the discussion this year when people said we should focus only on the league so now we are still in the Champions League and I am quite happy about it. We have a very difficult game yet listening to some people it seems we are already through because ‘It’s only Bayern Munich’. Have you looked at the team they have or how they are in shape now after the winter break?
“We will be ready for the Champions League and a very, very tough game. This is the Champions League — one game and then two weeks before we play them again. We always play the league and the Champions League is then a little sweet in between and we will go for it with all we have. That is normal.”
It sounds like Klopp is gung-ho about the challenge posed by the Champions League.
Before Bayern Munich comes West Ham today, with a squad that hopefully won’t sustain any more injuries and will walk away with three points.