Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2019

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp makes Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho claim after Porto win | Football | Sport

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Klopp spoke after his side thrashed Porto 5-1 on aggregate to reach the Champions League semi finals.

In doing so, he set up a date with Suarez and Coutinho, in what will be both players’ first return to Liverpool since they both left to join Barca.

Barcelona demolished Manchester United over two legs to reach the last eight for the first time since they won the competition in 2015.

Coutinho’s wonder goal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday sealed the 4-0 rout and ensured his side’s win.

Their return to Anfield will be one of the most anticipated games of the season, but Klopp was adamant he has other things in mind.

“Honestly, the only thing I’m thinking about is Cardiff on Sunday,” he insisted.

“For these two boys, it is very special, they are Liverpool legends.

“But I think it won’t be a friendly game, we have to fight and work, they will do it as well.

”It’s a wonderful game, Liverpool in the semi-final against Barcelona in itself is a wonderful message.

“Now let’s try to do the best there, and we will see what happens.

Liverpool and Barcelona are in the unique position of being in contention for a league and European cup double, whilst Barcelona have the added added prospect of a Copa Del Rey final ahead of them.

While Barca are nine points clear at the stop of the table with six games remaining, Liverpool’s battle for a first Premier League trophy is set to go down to the wire.

Liverpool have four games remaining, and are two points clear of Manchester City in their quest for a first league title in 29 years.

On Sunday, they face a tough test against Cardiff, who are scrapping for survival in the Premier League, and Klopp insisted that there will be no easy games in the run-in.

“Now on Sunday we have three days to recover and make ourselves to be ready for another intense game,” he continued.

“Cardiff is completely back in the race with the result against Brighton so they will fight for it and I don’t think it will be less intense than tonight.”



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