Jurgen Klopp intends to field a ‘top team’ in Liverpool’s Europa League matches, hoping to make it to the final on their return to the competition.

The Reds finished fifth in the Premier League last season so missed out on Champions League qualification and return to the second tier of European football.

Klopp’s side are one of the favourites to lift the title and certainly should not have any problems at all in the group stage against Union Saint-Gilloise, Toulouse and LASK, where they begin their campaign on Thursday.

Liverpool’s focus will undoubtedly be on launching another Premier League title challenge, but Klopp insists he will be taking the Europa League very seriously as well.

The German is hoping to reach the final, as Liverpool did in 2016 when they lost to Sevilla, and believes that his squad can produce a ‘top team’ on Thursdays and Sundays if they avoid too many injuries.

‘First and foremost, I think we all have to make sure that we all respect the competition in the right manner, that we respect the opponents in the right manner,’ Klopp told TNT Sports.

‘I would love to go to the final, obviously, but I have no clue if we can reach that because there will be a lot of fantastic football teams in between us and that target, so we have to make sure we perform.’

‘We have real talent there, but it is not experimental. I think if we don’t get hit by an injury crisis then we should have enough players to field Thursday and Sunday a top team, and that’s pretty much the idea.’

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