'Smart' Neymar does not act, says Klopp

Posted September 18, 2018

Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino remains a doubt for Liverpool's European opener with the eye injury he sustained against Tottenham at the weekend.

"When I read that he spent a whole evening talking about tactics with Pep Guardiola, a few years ago in Munich, moving around the salt and pepper, I thought to myself: "He's not changed". We had to do it the hard way with our games in the Premier League, because Chelsea were chasing us like insane. That doesn't mean we will win but that means it is clear we have a chance if we play our best. That makes them a big challenge for us.

I know there will probably be a split on it, I think a lot of Liverpool fans, because of the lack of success in the Premier League, will be absolutely desperate to get this one.

Instead he chose to partly excuse Neymar's actions in the face of physical treatment from defenders - something Klopp says Liverpool will not be participating in on Tuesday.

Jordan Henderson has had to be patient this season as Naby Keita has leapfrogged him in the pecking order in a star-studded Liverpool midfield, but Klopp could elect to start the England global on Tuesday night and Keita could be pushed forward to assist Salah and Mane, should Firmino not start in a Champions League thriller. We will look different to what they have faced so far this season, that's the truth. What is sure is that he will play, but in which role, I will not tell!

This could easily be a quarter-final, not the opening game of Group C, and it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top: Liverpool have not lost at home in Europe since Real Madrid steamrollered them in October 2014 but that 16-game unbeaten sequence will be severely tested. You have this outstanding individual quality on the pitch and you think: 'OK, what are we going to make of it?' For both teams that's not guaranteed. This will bring out the best in us, get us used to this pressure, this kind of level. We only don't know exactly when.

"If I would not be the manager I would 100% watch this game so now I have the most average place in the stadium to watch it".

"When I was at Dortmund I had a pretty strong side and he was at Mainz, he did an outstanding job there so it's not really fair to bring that up when you talk about the records", Klopp said on Monday.