You Can't Do This - Liverpool Legend Advises Reds Before Manchester City Clash

Tuesday, 03 Apr, 2018

The City fans would love nothing more than rubbing their rivals' noses in it, but the Champions League tie with Liverpool that sits either side of the Manchester derby is a more important fixture.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is expecting a hard game against Manchester City, calling the Premier League leaders favourites and saying theirs is a side that has shown more consistency so far this season than his own.

"It's not just Salah".

The Spaniard is well aware that the situation is akin to Real Madrid or Barcelona winning La Liga with an El Clasico victory, but knows he can not afford to get caught up in the supporters' enthusiasm for that prospect. "It is special but it is not important", Guardiola said. "If we do that well they will have some difficulty coping with it", the German told

"But now that we've got them, Liverpool for me have to be able to do what they did against City at Anfield twice". For Guardiola, he has to deal with the added challenge of keeping his team focused first on this match, and making sure thoughts don't drift to the potentially Premier League title clinching Manchester Derby on Saturday.

But defender Aymeric Laporte believes winning the title by beating United would be a rare opportunity. If we are in the position we are now in the Premier League it is because everyone has made his own contribution.

"Yet still against Palace on Saturday we saw how they can be cut open".

So the 27-year-old says City are anxious to put the record straight on their return to Merseyside this week.

"It would mean the world to our fans".

'I hope he can help us.

"And they've got Keita, Naby Keita coming in the summer, who would be an improvement in the centre of midfield".

Klopp had high praise for City as well. "They have the belief to go toe-to-toe". Fernandinho or Jordan Henderson? "We want to prove that in both games".

For much of this season there has been little doubt over who would be named Player of the Year in England - City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been so good with his precision passing, tireless running and quality finishes that there hardly seemed to be another contender worth considering.

At Barcelona, this was rarely the case simply because they were the best team in the world both with and without the ball.