Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Not Interested In Favourites Tag vs Manchester City

Team captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan put head coach Pep Guardiola's side up by two goals in the first half against United. It was like a thunderstorm. That didn't change since then.

"They're good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes".

He said: "We are not going to sit back".

"I'm never nervous", he said. This is half-time. It was the same at half-time in Anfield: the game is not over. We are only in the lead.

What happened against United, when City let a two-goal lead slip away, was unusual and I don't know if the emotion of being so close to winning the title meant they took their foot off the pedal a little bit in the second half.

"We have to defend well, but if we do, we can win it". "But maybe we will improve for the future on that, to realise that sometimes it's not enough what you've done to win the games", said Guardiola, as quoted by the Mirror.

Should City find a way to reproduce that in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday (AEST), there will be all manner of panic within the Reds' ranks, even if Klopp insists they would still be capable of seeing out the game.

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The Merseyside outfit were resounding 3-0 winners against the Premier League leaders in the first leg of their quarter-final last week. "I always see it as two legs are one game", he said.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, you name it - they could turn up there, have a bad day and get pumped 3-0. That is better than I would have expected.

"I can not tell the boys: 'Boys!" I am so delighted to lose the way we lose against United. If we concede one goal we have to score at least five so we must play our football and more than ever we need our fans to be together with us and we will see what happens tomorrow.

I would not say that City's first-leg defeat last week made me question them at all, purely and simply because Liverpool could do that to any team at Anfield.

And Klopp will hope the Egyptian has no reaction to the session this morning before naming his 38-goal star in his team.

That said, the tie would nearly be in the balance had City scored at Anfield, but I can't see them keeping a clean sheet against the Reds who have so much pace and power on the break.

  • Tabitha Byrd