MX23RW : Tuesday, December 1 20:21:08| >> :120:5375:5375:
Oct 27, 2020 at 8pm UK at Anfield
LiverpoolLiverpool
2-0
MidtjyllandFC Midtjylland
Jota (55'), Salah (90+3' pen.)
Milner (41')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Scholz (19'), Onyeka (25'), Cajuste (32'), Paulinho (90+1')

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: 'Midtjylland are not a small club'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: 'Midtjylland are not a small club'
© Reuters
The Danish club were only formed in 1999 and are making their first appearance in the Champions League.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not see debutants Midtjylland as a "small club" in this season's Champions League.

Tuesday's clash at Anfield will be the first time Liverpool and Midtjylland have ever met in a competitive fixture.

The game sees six-time winners of the competition Liverpool host a club who were only founded in 1999 and are making their first appearance in the Champions League.

It has been billed as 'David against Goliath' by some of the media in Denmark, but Klopp does not see it that way.

"We don't see Midtjylland as a small club, we see Midtjylland as a proper challenger in this group," he said.

"No one is part of the Champions League because they are nice cities, they are in the Champions League because they earned the right the year before.

"There are no small teams in the Champions League, there are only teams who show how big they are on the pitch, not in the press conferences before games.

"The 4-0 against Atalanta was not a 4-0 – it was because the score was 4-0 but Midtjylland were in the game. Tomorrow it will be a real challenge and we have to be ready for it, and we will try to be."

Last season, Liverpool, as defending champions, were knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid and forced to watch the finale of the competition from their summer training camp.

Klopp is keen to avoid another early exit this time around and is ready to resume the club's love affair with the competition.

Klopp is keen for Liverpool to continue their love affair with the Champions League
Klopp is keen for Liverpool to continue their love affair with the Champions League (Peter Byrne/PA)

"It should not happen again, of course, but that is far away. We played a really good game against Atletico, but people tend to forget that when you lose," said Klopp.

"The game in Madrid, we lost 1-0 there, but we were in the game and we played a superb game at home, which sounds crazy because we lost.

"Performance-wise it was not a problem, it was a very strange time at that time and we had heard a lot of things the day before, and in the lead up to the game at Anfield, that it would be the last game before the lockdown. The things around the game were completely different.

"But we love the competition even though we got knocked out early. It is Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield again tomorrow, even though there is no crowd, and it is a competition we love. I hope we showed that last week too.

Atletico Madrid knocked out Liverpool at the last-16 stage last season at Anfield
Atletico Madrid knocked out Liverpool at the last-16 stage last season at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

"There are no guarantees but plenty of opportunities and we like opportunities, so let's see where we go."

Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara will not be fit in time to be involved against Midtjylland.

Klopp was not giving too much away regarding the timescales for their returns from injury but did reveal at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's Group D game that the trio would miss out against the Danish club.

ID:419943:cQx

Click here for more stories about Jurgen Klopp

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk walks off injured during the Merseyside derby against Everton on October 17, 2020
Read Next:
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool have coped well without Virgil van Dijk
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Champions League
Championship
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Belgian Pro League
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Argentine Primera Division
AFC Champions League
J1 League
NFL
FT
Seahawks
23-17
Eagles
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs106312191221
2Liverpool106312217521
3Chelsea1054122101219
4Leicester CityLeicester106041914518
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham105231711617
6Southampton105231916317
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves105231111017
8Everton105141917216
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd95131616016
10Aston Villa95042013715
11Manchester CityMan City94321511415
12Leeds UnitedLeeds104241517-214
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Arsenal104151012-213
15Crystal Palace104151215-313
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton102441416-210
17Fulham102171119-87
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom10136718-116
19Burnley9126417-135
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd10019416-121

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!