Norwich City’s Timm Klose is delighted to swap Champions League tilt for Premier League survival scrap

Timm Klose knows he is joining a Premier League survival fight at Norwich City. Photo : Steve Adams

Timm Klose knows he is joining a Premier League survival fight at Norwich City. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Timm Klose will handle the culture shock of swapping a crack at the Champions League for Norwich City's Premier League survival scrap.

The Swiss international defender moved from Wolfsburg earlier in the week for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £7.6m.

Klose could potentially make his debut against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, and the 27-year-old knows his new club is desperate for the points.

'In my professional career when I started out I was always in smaller clubs, like Thun or Nurnberg, who had to prove they were good enough to stay in the league. That is pretty much the situation here in Norwich,' he said. 'It is important for them to stay in the league this season and to push on again next season. It is important for me as well. I know what it is like to be down in the table. Of course it is nice to play Champions League or Europa League but, for me, there is no big difference. I want to play football and I want to enjoy the game.

'In the end I was really happy to take this opportunity, to get a new adventure. I talked to both Xherdan Shaqiri and Philipp Wollscheid, who are playing for Stoke. I played with Philipp together at Nurnberg and he told me good stuff.'

Klose is fighting fit after a mid-season break with Wolfsburg, who have an upcoming last-16 Champions League tie against Ghent, as he prepares for a reunion with Jurgen Klopp.

'The last time I played against him we won the German Cup against his Dortmund team. I know him very well and I would like to play against him,' he said. 'I am ready. We had two hard weeks with Wolfsburg training and a lot of running. I am fit and ready to play.

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'His style of play is different. He always wants to attack with his team and press high. He is a great coach and a great person. When I have talked to him on a personal level I was looking up to him because he is a good guy. There are a lot of similarities between when he took over at Dortmund and now Liverpool. He will do a great job there, no question. They have some players I know from Germany like Emre Can and (Roberto) Firmino. They have good quality and we will have to stay compact as a team.'