Mats Hummels has admitted that he is glad Bayern Munich avoided Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Bayern were paired with Sevilla in the final eight of the competition, while Liverpool were drawn against Premier League rivals Manchester City.
“I know how strong Klopp’s teams are,” Hummels told the Daily Mail.
“I know how good his teams are when they get to this level. Sometimes it is a bit more difficult against the teams in the lower half of the schedule.
“But his teams always perform at the highest when they face the best teams. That’s for certain.
“I don’t think there was a team remaining who wanted to face Liverpool. They work so hard, they play so intense and aggressively with the quality of players they have – especially up front.”
Hummels also opened up on his relationship with Klopp, adding: “It was almost like family between us.
“Of course we had our issues from time to time. One day we would be there, screaming at each other. But the next day? It was all fine. He understood me, I understood him.
“Each of us would know why the other one would act like he did. We never, ever had a big problem.
“He always considers what you say. He doesn’t always agree and he has the final word. But he considers it and he will say ‘OK’ or… ‘Think about it again’. He is the boss.”