​​Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has opened up on their upcoming blockbuster clash against ​Barcelona in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League, claiming that, he is "thankful that he has time to prepare for the Catalan giants and their star player, Lionel Messi".

The Reds cruised past Porto 6-1 on aggregate over two legs, with the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all on target once again in the second leg, with Virgil van Dijk, once again impressive in defence.

Liverpool are currently undefeated in their last 17 games in all competitions, go into the clash full of confidence and will be expected to give Barcelona a tough time over two legs in the semi-finals.

"Thank God I don't have to think about that tonight and thank God I have a few more nights to think about it! I think everybody tried it so far and nobody can really do it. We still will try it. But we are looking forward to it, but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona," he said as quoted by ​ESPN.

"So let's first play these games and then let's prepare for Barcelona. Then we will see. I have never played Barcelona in a proper game, so [it's] my first time there and I'm looking forward to it."

Before their clash though, the Reds will face Cardiff City and Huddersfield City in the Premier League as they look to win the first PL title in their history.