Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool to feel release of pressure before Porto clash

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This time last year Liverpool had vanquished Porto 5-0 in the Champions League last 16 and were on the eve of completing a 5-1 aggregate victory over Manchester City in the quarter-finals. Heady days? Not for Jürgen Klopp, not when the Premier League was a source of occasional regret and unremitting tension. This season, with no margin for error in the title race and the possibility of another Champions League final, is the one the Liverpool manager is truly in love with.

Klopp’s team delivered more than the latest shot across City’s bows with victory at Southampton on Friday. The 3-1 recovery also guaranteed Champions League football at Anfield for a third year in a row next season – and with five Premier League games to go. Where others see drama and anxiety in challenging Pep Guardiola’s champions for the title, Klopp sees a release and freedom in which his players can excel over the coming weeks. He would take a repeat of last season’s scoreline against Porto but not the pressure that accompanied the journey to Kyiv.

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Source: Football News
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