Jurgen Klopp has backed his Liverpool team to make life ‘unpleasant’ for Manchester City when they face off in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Merseysiders are the only team to have inflicted defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League this season, and claimed a 4-3 victory when they last played at Anfield. Klopp is confident of once again getting the better of City and has outlined his intent to press high and try to rattle the runaway Premier League leaders. Liverpool ripped through City’s defence in the last meeting at Anfield . ”
We have a lot of things Man City don’t like. That’s the reality,’ he told UEFA. ADVERTISEMENT ‘The way we attack the opponent, the way we defend high is unpleasant. If we do that well they will have some difficulty coping with us”
‘I think there will be plenty of coaches, young coaches all over the world, watching these games in order to find a solution for how to play well defensively, and by doing that also giving yourself the chance to become dangerous on the attack against the best teams like Barcelona, and also Man City at the moment. It will be very exciting. ‘There’s no guarantee this will work, in the end it’s the lads on the pitch who will decide the game. But it will be no surprise if there is magic on the right and left sides, and that we’ll always be on the left when the ball is on their right, and on the right when the ball is on their left.
Klopp has urged his side to be brave and aggressive against Man City. ‘The thing is that this is actually predictable, but unfortunately, at the very highest level, it will happen with great pace and [with] the best technical skills executed by the players’ legs in this case. ‘The pace and wit of the game, it will be very thrilling, no doubt about that, but we still have a few days left to prepare.’
He added: ‘You have to be courageous, take the initiative, do your thing and, whenever they have the ball, be very compact and very quick. So from a football perspective, this is definitely a very interesting clash.’