Tuesday December 18 2018
Klopp: 'Juve Champions favourites'

Jurgen Klopp confessed Liverpool were relieved to avoid Juventus in the Champions League draw, as they are “the favourites for the tournament.”

The Reds reached the Final last season, beaten by Real Madrid, but only scraped through the group stage thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Napoli.

Juve ended up drawn with Atletico Madrid for the Round of 16, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich.

“To be 100 per cent honest, for that round, there were only two clubs I did not fancy [getting] really,” said Klopp.

“Borussia Dortmund I did not want to meet that early. If we meet from that round on it is good for both clubs and we will see what happens.

“And Juventus because for me they are the favourites for the tournament. They are so experienced. Because of the age group they are, it looks a little bit like the defence's last chance. It will be really difficult to beat Juve this year.

“All the rest I had no problem and now it is Bayern. That is nice for our supporters I would say. It is a city we played in for the Audi Cup. I am not sure if a lot of Liverpudlians were there but this time they should go there. It is just really nice.

“It is a massive club. It is a big challenge for us. The good thing is I like that a couple of years ago if you drew Bayern Munich you might think 'wow, no chance' but the thing is we have a chance.

“We know it is difficult, they know it is difficult so that is how it should be - two big games, 100 per cent.”

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