Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp admitted it was right to redo the Champions League draw, looks forward to his second trip to San Siro in three months and praised Lautaro Martinez as ‘one of the most exciting strikers in the world’.
The Champions League draw was redone on Monday and Liverpool are drawn against reigning Serie A champions Inter.
Klopp’s men managed to eliminate Milan from the group stages and the German coach admitted he enjoyed playing at San Siro against the Rossoneri.
It was his first time at the Giuseppe Meazza, but now he will return already in the last 16 of the competition.
“I had to wait 54 years to play at the San Siro for the first time… and now it’ll be twice in three months, so that’s good news! All good,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “Of course, it is a tough draw, definitely.
“They are the league leaders in Italy; a good team in a good moment. We will see how things go until we meet in February.”
The Red’s coach praised Lautaro Martinez as ‘one of the most exciting strikers in the world’ and pointed at some of the players at Inter with Premier League experience.
“Yes, obviously Sanchez and Dzeko we know well – and Lautaro Martinez is one of the most exciting strikers in the world, probably,” Klopp added. “Simone Inzaghi is there, his first year, last year they were champions, but it is the Liverpool way – it’s never easy, but still possible, so let’s give it a go.
“It’s a proper Champions League tie, so all good and I am absolutely looking forward to it.”
Klopp said it was right to redo the draw for the knockout stages of the competition.
“Definitely. I saw it live and I thought, ‘You cannot let it stand like this, there’s no chance’,” he continued. “Definitely, they had to do it again.”