Wednesday’s last-16 first leg tie in Porto is the Reds’ first in the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition since 2009.
But despite having comfortably won their group with three wins and three draws, scoring 23 goals—a record for an English club—doubts persist about their ability to go deep into the competition.
“I know it already we can compete with them, I don’t have to look at them,” Klopp said.
“I think probably the strongest football team in this moment in Europe is Manchester City and we played them twice already at the highest level.
“The Premier League is a little different but if we meet them then we could beat them. That is how it is.
“But it is not important right now. We are in Porto and that is the only thing.
“We can make one mistake, that is how it is in life. And of course we as a team we will never do that.”
The team have already overcome one significant hurdle in reaching the knockout phase for the first time in nine years.
And they did it in style with two 7-0 victories helping them rack up the second-highest tally of group game goals in the history of the competition behind Paris Saint-Germain, who…