Jurgen Klopp has said that Liverpool must be willing to ‘suffer’ if they are to come away with anything from their game against brilliant Barcelona according to a report by The Guardian.
Lionel Messi had pledged to loyals of the Catalan club at the start of this season that he would do anything to bring back the Champions league trophy to the Camp Nou after seeing their arch rivals, Real Madrid lift it for three straight years.
Klopp accepts that his team must overcome what he described as the toughest test if they are to go into the finals of the competition for the second time running.
When asked if Ernesto Valverde posed the toughest European opponent he has ever had to deal with, he said beating Real Madrid wasn’t an easy job but that he did so anyway and a couple of times too to which he was once offered a seat in a restaurant in Ibiza from excited fans.
“Out of all the matches in the world, Barcelona is one of the toughest game to play ever. Playing Manchester City in our league isn’t a wall in the park either. There are a lot of difficult games to play and this is another one.
“Being perfect in this game is not possible, we will make mistakes. Will we suffer? Oh yes, 100%. Will there be moments when we have chances? 100%. Will we use them? I hope so. That’s what we try to do. We need to be completely free.”
He also said he knew that people are of the opinion that his team has been better in recent years than Barcelona since the loss of midfield duo, Xavi and Iniesta, but that Barcelona have been at this level for 20 years as against them who are just on their second year.
Jurgen Klopp went on to hail Messi as the greatest player of all time as he didn’t watch the Brazilian Pele play before going on to play stories about Coutinho departure and revisit against his old club.