Klopp: Liverpool as good as City…but not often enough

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Playing City this year has been two of the most hard games so far, and neither manager was eager to repeat the legs but Jurgen Klopp has vowed Liverpool will be ready.

Klopp said: "It is usual for us that we need to fight here, especially after a hard start, but it makes it more special at the end". After that we have Manchester United and then Liverpool in the second leg.

"For us we were not doing so well in the league in 2005 but we felt it was our chance in the Champions League. Yes, that was clear before", said Klopp recently. "We know we have performed well but we have to work on the mistakes we did, but we can look back on the good football we played in the second half, deserving to take something from the game".

"We needed that. We wanted to show up [because] after the worldwide break it's so hard".

However, Pep Guardiola's men are 18 points better off than the Reds in the Premier League - having played one game less - so will clearly pose a huge challenge.

With six games left and his Anfield side certainly not going to lift the EPL, Salah may end up setting a new record as the highest scoring African in a single season. "It's at Anfield so a good atmosphere to watch".

LONDON-Mohamed Salah was Liverpool's hero yet again as the Egypt star clinched a dramatic 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while Alexis Sanchez ended his Manchester United goal drought in a 2-0 victory over Swansea on Saturday. If it was, due more to the global break than anything else.

Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius,centre brings down Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha for a penalty
Camera IconLiverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius,centre brings down Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha for a penalty

City secured a comfortable 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday to keep their 16-point buffer to United in place.

"I know my boys well enough". If you only score on a flawless day then you can not score 37 goals, that's clear. It means the first session was Thursday.

"Maybe one of the biggest achievements of that team is that they could play a season so far like they have played without Adam Lallana".

Following the game, Klopp piled on the praise for the Egyptian.

"It's the mood you are in". If you give a foul there, it goes away. Then, with the league likely wrapped up, all thoughts can then turn to the semi-final, knowing a treble is firmly within their sights.

"For Sadio it was not a ideal day and he made the wrong decision to put his hand on the ball", said Klopp. In the first moments I saw him it looked really serious to be honest.