Jürgen Klopp braced for 'unbelievably difficult' Man City task

Lawrence Cooper
April 3, 2018

Liverpool remain the only side to have defeated champions-elect City this season in the Premier League, doing so with a 4-3 triumph on January 14.

City captain Vincent Kompany, who has been with the club for almost 10 years, said he understood the desire of fans to celebrate in front of United's players and supporters.

Liverpool have a chance to put that right this season, however, having set up a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

On the other side of the fence, Jose Mourinho will spend the 90 minutes at the Etihad on Saturday evening doing everything within his power to stop the embarrassment of losing the game and the title in one go.

But this would not be pragmatic.

As ever under Guardiola, there was never a sense that his team might just clip the ball over the top to give the defence a breather and it's this confidence in their own ability in building from the back which Liverpool will try to exploit on Wednesday.

"Now we're going through a long dry spell and I feel somehow responsible for that".

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There are some concerns about fit and depth for me, but overall, I'd never complain if City bought a world-class player like Isco. Isco and captain Sergio Ramos missed the game against Las Palmas due to knocks sustained on worldwide duty with Spain.

Liverpool's attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Saido Mane are one of Europes deadliest attacking units and have netted a sensational 75 goals between them so far this term.

Pep Guardiola has told key players that he plans to make significant changes to his starting XI for the Manchester derby in order to prioritise the Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool, according to reports.

Leroy Sane scored with a scorching volley, before Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling both got in on the act for the visitors.

And Klopp will be confident heading into the clash after the Reds' victory over Manchester City earlier in the season.

The Reds last won a trophy in 2012 - the League Cup - but have not won the Champions League since 2005 and no domestic title since 1990.

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McMahon thinks the tie could be decided on away goals and has urged Liverpool to make sure they do not concede in the first leg, with even 0-0 being a good result. When the players are in position they move every millisecond in order to be available. "Mane and Firmino, all three, they are nearly unstoppable".

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