Klopp: English clubs won’t dominate Champions League

first_imgDespite both European titles being held by English clubs, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is adamant they won’t be dominating the Champions League anytime soon. Last season saw both the Europa League and Champions League final competed between Premier League teams with the Reds beating Tottenham to claim the latter.Ahead of Thursday’s group draw for the upcoming Champions League campaign, Klopp stressed he sees the competition being very open and doesn’t believe English teams will be replicating their dominance for a second year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The groups will be incredible. I have no clue who will win the Champions League,” Klopp said.”We have the same chance like everyone else, but that is all, and no I don’t see us, the English teams, dominating.”I don’t think there was ever a stronger Pot 2. It is just crazy. They should all be in Pot 1, but there is not enough space there.”I don’t think there was ever a stronger Pot 3. Then Pot 4 you can get RB Leipzig – wow!”As reigning champions, the Reds are in Pot 1 for the draw alongside fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City.While attempting to talk down the English threat, Klopp was quick to highlight the strength of Bundesliga sides this season. “Bayern Munich now finally brought in Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, which is like a big boost,” he said.”Look at the squad Borussia Dortmund has and tell me we are stronger than them. That is incredible. They can make five changes and you think: ‘Really? they didn’t play last week? Why?’ “There are a lot of quality teams – Juventus will be there, PSG will be there. Whatever happens they will find solutions. Real Madrid? Do you think they gave up already.” Liverpool have begun their domestic campaign with three straight wins to sit top of the Premier League but Klopp has seen his side’s defending questioned with the Reds yet to keep a cleansheet. The German has since stressed he’s happy with his backline and revealed they work on their defending in a way people wouldn’t expect. Klopp also admitted this week he’ll likely take a break when his time with Liverpool comes to an end with former Reds keeper Jerzy Dudek declaring Steven Gerrard looms as the only candidate to replace him.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

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