Jurgen Klopp has stated that he wants Liverpool to make deep progress in the Europa League this season, but warned against taking tonight’s opponents Toulouse too lightly.
The French team won the national cup last season, and chairman Damien Comolli was once Liverpool’s sporting director between 2010 and 2012. Although a largely unpopular figure on Merseyside, he held the position during a period when Jordan Henderson and Luis Suarez arrived. the transfer market. Toulouse takes a heavily data-driven approach, a strategy that has seen them perform well above budget.
“We constantly have to find an edge because we have less money than everyone else,” says Comolli. “If we do the same as the other clubs, we will fail. We have to find competitive advantages.”
Liverpool, fourth in the Premier League, take on Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but Klopp’s focus is solely on Toulouse for now.
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about Sunday yet. Toulouse deserves all our respect. It’s a very interesting story, winning the French Cup last year,” he said.
“This year it’s a very young team, a very talented team. They have a clear idea, but we have to see how they show up here.”
Winning your group is an important step in the Europa League, avoiding a draw in the 32nd round against a team that has dropped out of the Champions League. Group winners go straight to the last 16, meaning a lighter workload in February.
“We will make a few changes, not too many, we will see, but the boys have already shown that they are ready for the competition,” said Klopp.
“We hope to last a long, long, long time in this competition, for that we have to take all the decisive steps – and tomorrow night is a very big one.”
Full team news coming soon.
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