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Exclusively Liverpool – Jürgen Klopp speaks at SPORT1 about the Champions League qualification between TSG Hoffenheim and FC Liverpool and praises his trainer colleague Julian Nagelsmann. When the playoffs of the Champions League games were drawn and Liverpool FC caught TSG Hoffenheim as opponents, Jürgen Klopp didn’t break out in a storm of cheers, as seen more often by Liverpool FC coach after a success of his team. I was honestly expecting it. For me, a draw is never a draw that I wish for something. SPORT1: What do you say to your opponent Hoffenheim, Jürgen Klopp:”I think there were four teams in this competition that nobody wanted: Nice, Naples, Hoffenheim and Liverpool. And the four of them play against each other. That’s just the way it is. SPORT1: How did Roberto Firmino, an ex-Hoffenheim man from the past, react to the lottery ticket? He’s looking forward to it. I know he once said he didn’t want her. But you say that when asked. If they’d asked me last year:”Do you want to have Dortmund?”, I’d have said:”Nope.” Did we get them? Yeah, sure. Shall we hit them? Yes, of course. SPORT1: If you’d rather played against another team, Klopp: No one was there to say:”If we have this, we can book a ticket directly to where the group stage will be drawn,” Hoffenheim is of course the absolute opposite of a walk-through. SPORT1: What are Hoffenheim’s strengths? I know they lost Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle. But Julian Nagelsmann does an extraordinary job. They have a great team again and play self-confidently. They have a snotty manner and are incredibly hard to impress. But they too have weaknesses, and we also know where we can and must start. SPORT1: Is it also a very special game: Tradition vs. modernism, Klopp: It’s not name vs. less tradition or name vs. tradition, but Liverpool vs Hoffenheim and Hoffenheim vs Liverpool. And these are two hell of a bunch of strong teams. SPORT1: High pressing and fast switching game: Due to the similarity of the game, is it as if you were playing against yourself? There are a lot of teams that do that. I don’t get the impression we’ve been pushing like stupid all this time. I think possession’s just as cool. It’s the same as always: The players have to decide the thing. I don’t think that my match plan or Julian’s match plan will be the decisive factor, but SPORT1: At the beginning there was a lot of criticism of Hoffenheim. Klopp: Hoffenheim is a great club, they do great work, that’s beyond question. Should I say that we were thrilled from the beginning that they were there all of a sudden? It was a new development back then. They have earned all respect. I like Julian Nagelsmann and consider him to be an exceptional trainer, it’s sensational what he does. SPORT1: Have you had contact with Julian Nagelsmann lately? He’s got 30 right now. So the guy is actually pretty much 20 years younger than me. I haven’t felt so old yet, but I haven’t played against a coach 20 years younger than me, SPORT1: What do you think of Nagelsmann’s development? I believe I told him that from the age he has reached, my life has improved every day and I wish him the same. However, in its starting position, this would take on a crazy character, I would say. He’s doing a fantastic job. I like that kind of thing, I like such a story and in Hoffenheim they were very brave and were rewarded for it. Julian was also very brave to tackle this:”Accordingly, my highest respect.