Jurgen Klopp has labelled Manchester City the favourites to win their two-legged Champions League quarter-final clash with Liverpool, but believes the Blues’ 18-point lead over his side in the Premier League will count for nothing in the UCL.
Speaking after Liverpool edged out Crystal Palace at the weekend, the German tactician said his men have to be “cool” against the English champions-elect.
“You should finish the game with 11 men. Be cool,” said Klopp.
“We know it’s difficult. Did we think before the first game we would lose 5-0? No. Did we think before the second game we would win 4-3? No. Do we know we have a chance? Yes, that was clear before.
“But they are the favourites. In specific moments, we are on a similar level but they do it much more consistent, that’s why they have around 20 points more. No problem with respecting that, but we all know, in this game, it doesn’t mean too much.
“We see our chance but we know it will be unbelievably difficult. But if I have the choice to watch a Champions League game, I would watch this one. It’s about tactics but there will be fire, that’s cool. It’s at Anfield so a good atmosphere to watch.”
City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night looking for their first win there since 2003 – and what a time it would be to do it. At the very least, a draw would be a fine result to take back to the Etihad Stadium next week.
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