Jürgen Klopp stokes Anfield fire for Champions League first leg

Jürgen Klopp stokes Anfield fire for Champions League first leg

Jürgen Klopp stokes Anfield fire for Champions League first leg

The game saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain open the scoring for the Reds, before Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah netted for Liverpool in the second half.

Liverpool FC now turn their attentions back towards Champions League affairs and their crunch clash against Manchester City in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

The former Barcelona coach also revealed that he hopes his team do not become too affected by what is sure to be an awesome atmosphere at Anfield when the two sides face each other on Wednesday.

'There's a lot of respect, because all three have scored plenty of goals and they've also set up many more, ' he said.

There is no doubt that Liverpool's 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is a talented and promising player, but he faces a huge challenge up against the speed and skill of City's German left winger Leroy Sané. "It all came naturally - we grabbed ourselves a fairly good advantage as leaders and, against our biggest rivals, we can become champions with a win".

Liverpool's pulsating 4-3 victory against the Blues in January is the only top flight defeat suffered this term by the champions elect, which was partial recompense for September's 5-0 thumping in the reverse fixture.

"I don't think it would be happening if we had planned our season like this", sad the Brazil midfielder.

"Yeah, I'll have to do that [make special provisions for Salah]", Guardiola told reporters.

"At specific moments we are on a similar level, but they have been much more consistent, and that's why they are higher in the league. They're fantastic", said Guardiola.

Speaking at his post-match news conference at the weekend, Klopp said the match against City will be very hard, adding that the Reds have no big advantage over the Premier League leaders. We will see. In these situations it is day-by-day. I hope he can help us.

"Of course, I want to win against United at home, but three days before United we have Liverpool, and three days after we have the second leg".

"He's that kind of player that you just need to be on your best".

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