Klopp unmoved over winning first Club World Cup title
Jurgen Klopp is unfazed about potentially leading Liverpool to a first FIFA Club World Cup title, but the manager is excited about the opportunity.
The European champions will be favourites for the tournament in Doha in December.
Liverpool has never won the FIFA Club World Cup, finishing as runners-up in 2005, but leading the Premier League giants to a first success at the tournament is not a focus for Klopp.
“Oh, I didn’t think about that. I’m not someone who has to be the first on the moon or the first winning the World Cup with Liverpool, but when we are there then we will try with all we have,” he told FIFA.com.
“The very interesting and difficult part as well is that we’ll be playing against teams from other continents, which doesn’t happen that often – maybe a Mexican team, maybe a Brazilian team – and it will be a tough one for sure.
“We’ll prepare for it as we would usually, and we will see if it’s right or wrong against the team from another continent.
“We don’t have too much information yet, but we will by then for sure, and it will be interesting and difficult as well.”
Liverpool will play Monterrey, Al-Sadd or Hienghene Sport in the semi-finals on December 18.
Klopp said there was no additional pressure on Liverpool, urging his team to make the most of the chance ahead of them.
“We will see. So far, I don’t feel any pressure. I see it as an absolute opportunity as you don’t often have the chance to play for it,” he said.
“You have to win the Champions League as the European team, so that already makes it special.
“We knew it’d feel great when we won the Champions League, but then we had no real clue how it’d be around the European Super Cup. So, we played it and it felt really great and really big.”
“When we go there, we will be prepared and looking forward to it. The boys want to play it, so it will be very interesting, and it will feel big for us, 100 per cent.”
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