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Liverpool news: Klopp should be grateful to Champions League for TWO reasons – McAteer


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Jurgen Klopp is still in the running for two trophies with Liverpool this season (Pic: GETTY)

The former Reds defender believes it’s a blessing because Jurgen Klopp’s side are in need of a break.

The Champions League returns this week with the first four of the round of 16 games, but it’s Manchester United and Tottenham in action this week.

Liverpool have an 11-day window between their 3-0 win over Bournemouth and welcoming Bayern to Anfield next Wednesday.

And as well as getting players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum back to full fitness, McAteer reckons it will be good for his former side to focus on something other than their Premier League title quest.

“We’ll get a bit of time now to get some players back,” McAteer told Goal. “I think it’d be more of a problem if it was this Wednesday.

“It’s a big, big game. To go on and beat Bayern would give us confidence.

“It’s also a welcome relief from the pressure of the Premier League because the microscope has been on them since the Manchester City game at the turn of the year, where performances probably haven’t been great.

“We’ve dropped points, we’ve given away a lead, but then I look at Saturday [against Bournemouth] and thought we were back to our best.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is nearing full fitness again (Pic: GETTY)

“But we’ve got a few days to get players off the treatment table and back into consideration.

“Hopefully we’ll get some big personalities back and have a strong team out against Bayern.”

United face Manchester United the weekend after their first-leg clash with the Bundesliga champions.

McAteer is well aware of the challenge the Reds face in at Old Trafford but believes it is exactly the sort of challenge that the title contenders will relish.

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Jurgen Klopp faced Bayern Munich plenty of times as Dortmund boss (Pic: GETTY)

“It’s massive,” he continued. “Man Utd and Liverpool is arguably the biggest game of the season.

“It’ll be a tough ask because Manchester United in the form they’re in are going very, very well at the minute.

“They certainly won’t want to lose to their arch-rivals. I think it’s just the type of game Liverpool need.

“That kind of high profile game. Going into it, our big players usually turn up for the big, big games and it’ll be a good game. I’m looking forward to it.”



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