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Jurgen Klopp Responds to Lionel Messi's 'Threat' Ahead of Champions League Tie

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIApril 30, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 30:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks during a Liverpool press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match against FC Barcelona. On April 30, 2019 in Barcelona. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to comments made by Lionel Messi at the start of the season ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou.

Messi promised his team would "do everything possible" to lift the European Cup, but Klopp says his team are equally determined to be crowned Champions League winners, per David Maddock at the Mirror.

"Messi said before the start of the season that they wanted to bring back this cup. That sounded already like a threat to me!"

"Now we are here, we want to go to the final as well. Will we suffer? 100 per cent. Will there be moments where we have chances? 100 per cent.

"We cannot do more, we do not need extra motivation. We are fighting like crazy. We want to stay in this competition, to get a result tomorrow that gives us a good chance to do it at home. Whatever that result is, we want it."

The Reds head into the match in fine form and have won their last 10 games in a row in all competitions.

Their form has seen Klopp nominated for the Premier League's Manager of the Month award:

Liverpool FC @LFC

BOSS. 👊 After the Reds won all four league games in April, Jürgen Klopp has been nominated for the @premierleague Manager of the Month award. 🙌

Yet the German has never tasted victory as a manager in eight matches in Spain, a statistic that does not appear to concern the Reds boss:

David Maddock @MaddockMirror

Journalist says 'You've never won as a manager in Spain'. Klopp replies: "I've never won here?!" Journalist expands: 'drew five lost three in Spain'. Klopp laughs: "Well that's a POSITIVE stat....not so bad as the way you first presented it to me!" #LFC

Liverpool have received a welcome boost ahead of the match. The club announced that Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all fit and in the squad to face Barca:

Klopp is well aware of the threat his side faces at the Camp Nou, particularly from Messi:

ESPN UK @ESPNUK

Jurgen Klopp picks Lionel Messi as the greatest player ever 🐐 https://t.co/aEKWIsdLRb

The Barcelona captain scored his 34th La Liga goal of the season on Sunday to help his side clinch La Liga, and he has 10 goals in eight Champions League appearances.

Finding a way to deal with the Argentinian will be crucial for Klopp and Liverpool as they bid to reach the final of the Champions League final for the second year in a row. 

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