Germany will take on England at Wembley as slight underdogs but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned against overlooking Joachim Low’s side
Jurgen Klopp insists it “would be crazy” to write off Germany ahead of their last 16 clash with England at Wembley.
The 2014 World Cup winners have been hit and miss at Euro 2020 thus far.
Joachim Low, who will leave his post when the tournament ends, saw his side demolish Portugal and then struggled to a draw with Hungary.
The Germans are very much in a transitional phase and are slight underdogs against old rivals England.
“To write off Germany now, it would be crazy, ” Klopp told BILD when quizzed on his country’s chances of reaching the last eight.
“We played well against France, Portugal we dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years.
“We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team you need such a game.
“And now we’re going to make a real go of it on Tuesday.”
Low accepted after the draw with Hungary that his side have not performed to their optimum level.
That said, their win over Portugal did show what they are capable of and England have hardly fired on all cylinders.
The Three Lions last met Germany in a major tournament back in 2010, when they were well beaten in South Africa.
Low knows that Gareth Southgate’s side will present a different challenge to those they’ve fancied and is excited by the challenge.
“I’m not worried, it’s a totally different match,” he said. “Hungary parked the bus, with everyone behind the ball, entered every duel, against England it will be a totally different match.
“They are playing at home, they want to attack, it’s going to be an open match, more open than it was tonight.
“We need to improve on things, we are aware of that, and need to take care and be careful, especially at set-pieces.
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“We cannot repeat the same mistakes again. We need to do things better here, but ahead of the match against England, we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s great news to play in London at Wembley against England. The group stage is over and now we have to focus. It’s in or out now.
“Our performance so far hasn’t been too good, but if we show what we can, as we did against Portugal for long spells, we can be a strong opponent, and if we don’t do that we can get into difficulties.”