Klopp predicts fire as Liverpool clash with Man City — UEFA Cup

Klopp predicts fire as Liverpool clash with Man City — UEFA Cup

Klopp predicts fire as Liverpool clash with Man City — UEFA Cup

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. It remains the only league defeat City have suffered so far this season.

Both teams warmed up for the tie with away league wins over the weekend.

Sadio Mane made up for missing some first-half chances by giving Liverpool a deserved equaliser early in the second half, tapping in James Milner's loss cross from the left.

Salah also has an outside shot at taking the overall record - Shearer and Andy Cole managed 34 goals in 42-game seasons.

"We knew coming here would be hard, I thought the lads reacted brilliantly to grind out a result".

"He's a great player and he helps us to win games. Every point is vital because we want to stay in second place", United manager Jose Mourinho said. I don't know exactly how long but we hopefully have a lot of games to come and he will be part of a few. Yes, that was clear before. "And they only got the penalty - then they thought 'Someone actually has to shoot".

"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".

He said: "We will see about Sergio".

Klopp later described Lallana's muscle injury as "a big, big blow".

The Egyptian King netted in his 21st Premier League match of the campaign.

Klopp, unsurprisingly, has been thrilled with the impact of the former Roma man, and knows he will be key if Liverpool are to progress against City.

"With some of his goals he had to beat five men so I can't say he profited a lot from what the others did, but with a lot of his other goals he did profit from it". While they must have been upset at the player's winning of a penalty during the 2-1 win on Saturday, a section of Reds fans were left very impressed by the 25-year-old and called on their club to go after him in the summer, even at the expense of missing out on Thomas Lemar.

"Yes it is a bit of a groundhog day playing against these top teams", he told BBC Sport.

"I almost had a heart attack [when he took it]", Klopp added. It wasn't enough for Frankfurt, who missed a chance to go fourth after a mistake gave Bremen a late victory.

Since their defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup back in January, Liverpool have lost just once in 10 games, a period that has seen them notch 26 goals. "If you deliver in a situation like this, this is what can happen to you".

Under Roy Hodgson, Palace have looked anything but relegation-fodder and were giving as good as they got against their fancied opponents, with Salah locked-down in the first-half.

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