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Jürgen Klopp’s reaction to FC Porto pairing in Champions League

Liverpool were paired with FC Porto in Friday morning’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

The Red’s boss Jurgen Klopp insists last season’s victory over the Portuguese side will have little bearing on his side’s performance in the quarter-finals.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood moments after the draw was made, Klopp said: “What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year.

“The result, in the end, was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.

“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.

“We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare.”

The first leg due to be played at Anfield on Tuesday, April 9 and the return one week later at the Estadio do Dragao (Wednesday, April 17).

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