Liverpool wants to add trophies to the tributes as Jurgen Klopp and James Milner praise Porto manager Sergio Conceicao
- Sergio Conceicao said Liverpool could play & # 39; as the best team in the world & # 39;
- Porto boss Conceicao prepares his team for playing the Reds on Wednesday evening
- Liverpool midfielder James Milner played the comments for the game
- Milner said: & # 39; To be that (& # 39; the world's best team), I think you have to win trophies & # 39;
- Reds manager Klopp added: & # 39; I don't make things bigger or smaller than they are & # 39;
- Liverpool has a 2-0 lead from the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals
Liverpool arrived late in Portugal on Tuesday evening to be greeted with a compliment from the Porto manager Sergio Conceicao that was just as unexpected as it stumbled.
& # 39; I like their game model, & # 39; said Conceicao, while Liverpool was in transit. # I love the way they play and the way they are with the ball – and also without it. It is similar to how I see football. In many of these moments in a game, they are the best team in the world. & # 39;
They were, as Jurgen Klopp and James Milner quickly recognized, nice words, but while Liverpool's manager raised an eyebrow about the legitimacy of sentiment – an attempt to lure them into a false sense of security – his vice captain passed over pulling the claim apart.
Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media at the Dragao Stadium in Porto on the eve of Wednesday's game
Although the shape of Liverpool is barking and they have trouble reaching the semifinals of the Champions League, after beating Porto 2-0 last Tuesday in their first meeting at Anfield, an important facet needs to change for Conceicao & # 39 ; s words to have real substance. Milner was only too happy to indicate this.
& # 39; You get those compliments by playing good football over a long period, & # 39; said Milner, whose calming presence will be crucial at the Estadio do Dragao. & # 39; But to be that, I think you have to win trophies. That is something that we have not yet done and it is something that we are trying to do. Not being overrun is disappointing, but we have the ability to change that. The first is always the hardest.
& # 39; It's up to us to prove it and win these games – and hopefully at least one trophy wins this season. There are many good teams between us and the last game of the season. We must continue to improve and continue to play as we are currently doing. & # 39;
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao said that Liverpool could play as the best team in the world.
Milner stressed that Liverpool has reached three finals since he has been to Anfield and there can be no doubt that they are progressing, as a succession of seven consecutive wins since March 3, but they must be remembered for more than just the quality of their soccer.
Those questions can be answered explicitly before the end of the campaign and the chances of completing the Premier League and Champions League double go hand in hand with any positive result, but Milner does not get bored.
First of all, they have to abandon Porto. Liverpool won with five unanswered goals at this location last February, but they will have to be equally capable of reaching the final four again. Milner is good for the mood in the team and, certainly, he is not distracted.
& # 39; Not much is said about what is going on and what can happen & # 39 ;, said Milner. & # 39; We have been that way all season. We train in the same way, the mentality that goes into the games is the same, we can concentrate on that, one game at a time and keep pushing.
James Milner played down the words of the Porto manager and claimed that it was trophies that mattered
& # 39; It is a huge positive in the dressing room that every game is just like the next game. There is a lot of talk outside the dressing room and in the media and social media, so it's hard to get rid of it. But the boys are concentrating on what we can control. & # 39;
The second leg should include a fascinating fight between Porto & # 39; s quick robberies and tough Brazilian left back Alex Telles and Mo Salah, fresh from his breathtaking goal against Chelsea on Sunday.
But one big advantage in Liverpool's favor is the fact that they have been so resiliently defensive. They had little trouble keeping Bayern Munich at bay last month in Germany and the last time they left a two-goal lead to lose a match was in Bournemouth in December 2016. However, this did not stop Klopp from reinforcing the message that nothing had been decided.
The Liverpool players inspected the field for the quarter-final position of the Champions League
& # 39; I always tell the boys the truth when I analyze & # 39 ;, Klopp said. & # 39; I don't make things bigger or smaller than they are.
& # 39; When we play Manchester City, I am not saying they have no idea about football or say it is the best team in the world. We analyze for us.
& # 39; There is no risk of convincing the boys that Porto is really good. They already know. We played Roma and they can be an uncomfortable opponent, but I didn't really see a chance for them when they played Porto (in the last 16). Porto was in control. So we have to be prepared. & # 39;