Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

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

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola GETTYPep Guardiola's men have a lot to do against Liverpool
Elias Hubbard | 10 April, 2018, 20:04

At a press conference at the City Academy in Manchester, Klopp said a final decision on Salah's part in the starting eleven would be made on Tuesday ahead of the Man City clash but that he was optimistic that the clinical finisher would be available. It was like a thunderstorm.

The Reds are coming off a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent Premier League match also last Saturday.

'If now we are in a situation where we have a chance to go through to the semi-finals of the Champions League and to win the Premier League trophy is because we did a lot to deserve it. It is not to plan like this. If you would have told me 10 days ago that this was possible I would have said, 'Don't think so.' I am not putting pressure on ourselves. This is half-time. It was the same at half-time in Anfield: the game is not over. "We are in the lead, nothing else".

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 are still in the lead but we didn't win so far.

City is facing an uphill task to come back from a 0-3 deficit after they lost to the Reds last week. The Scot found himself sidelined for the majority of the first half of the season until an injury to Alberto Moreno in December handed him a run in the side. That's how it is.

"It always helps if you know about the problems, you deal with the problems but if we concede a goal nothing changes". We are still in the lead.

"But still we need to show it and be ready for a fight, ready for a good game".

Last week, the Egypt global came off because of a groin injury in the second half of Liverpool's 3-0 victory in the first leg 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.

Jurgen Klopp was much-criticised early in the campaign for refusing to splash out on a back-up option to Van Dijk as Liverpool's chances of challenging City for the title vanished quickly due to defensive deficiencies.

'We have been playing really well, we did great games against great teams.

"But I don't think so, because of what we've done this season and in the first-half [against United], even in moments in the second-half". We can not forget it's just a simple game and focus on every single minute what we need to do. Football, like life, is a challenge.

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