After Liverpool successfully secured passage to the last eight of the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp made it clear the Reds’ next objective is to progress to the last four.
Although there were a number of fans on social media bemoaning the lack of tempo in the first half against Porto at Anfield, the fact remains that Liverpool have made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09.
Porto earned themselves a bit of credit in the second leg, denying Liverpool many goalscoring opportunities but the damage was very much done in the first leg, with the 5-0 aggregate seeing the Merseysiders through to the next round.
Jurgen Klopp reflected on the aggregate win after the game in his post-match presser, saying it feels good to be back among the best of the best.
Klopp told the press conference: “It feels good, to be honest. It feels really good. I cannot feel what people feel, they wait so long for it, but it feels good and I know about it, of course.
“The last eight is cool. We’re a little bit satisfied and it’s already good. I think it was time we showed up again. Good development in Liverpool in the moment, it’s a nice moment, but if you don’t show up in a competition like the Champions League then nobody really will realise it.
“I’m happy for all the people involved that we have made that step. So it’s done, it’s good, now let’s carry on.”
Klopp continued: “I think this year we belong there, to be honest – it should not be a big surprise. The next round will be very difficult, I think that’s clear. There are seven other very good teams that will be involved.
“Maybe four of them are then from England and that doesn’t make it easier, to be honest, but I think we’ll have a chance, for sure, to go to the semis and that’s the target.
“But you’re right, take it step by step and tonight it’s cool, absolutely. This year we had the first opportunity to do it and now we are in it, so I think we are in time.”