Jurgen Klopp reacts honestly to Liverpool’s Champions League draw

Jurgen Klopp admits he's wary of all the sides in Liverpool's Champions League group.

The German labelled Atalanta the "surprise team" in Italy, and praised Ajax for its "sensational youth development".

Liverpool discovered their fate in Thursday afternoon's draw when they were placed in Group D alongside Atalanta, Ajax and Midtjylland.

The Reds won the Champions League back in 2019, but took their foot off the gas last season and were knocked out in the Round of 16.

Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid beat the Reds both at home and away to record a 4-2 aggregate scoreline over the Premier League champions.

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Klopp will be looking to bounce back in the Champions League this season, and suggests he won't be taking any team for granted.

"All the teams who are in the draw, they are really good teams," said Klopp.

"Atalanta were the surprise team in Italy and have settled in that position – started really well again. Ajax is famous for sensational youth development and football."

There is extra pressure on Klopp to do well in the Champions League again this season after they squandered their chances to win the Carabao Cup.

The Reds were beaten on penalties by Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, who will now take on holders Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

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