Klopp hopefull ahead of Champions League date with Liverpool
As the debate about Salah vs De Bruyne for Player of the Year brews up, the Champions League could not bring a better opportunity to evaluate the two players up close in a more competitive tournament. The two have been outstanding this season with Salah leading the scoring charts and De Bruyne likewise leading the assist charts. Both players have been crucial to their team’s performances this season and Manchester City are looking the more threatening team ahead of the tie against Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media today with a message of warning to Guardiola and his team that his team can hurt them. Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday and Klopp is looking to make things as uncomfortable as possible for the Premier League Champions Elect. The Liverpool manager is basing his argument on his high-pressing style of play which often gets the opposition to panic and lose the ball in dangerous areas. It will be interesting how this would affect a City team that is based on Pep’s principles of playing the ball from the back.
Klopp is quoted to having said, “The way we attack the opponent, the way we defend high is unpleasant (four our opposition). If we do that they will have some difficulty coping with it.”
It is clear that the Liverpool manager is trying to play mind games ahead of the clash and it is such a shame that the master of mind games, Jose Mourinho, and his team are already out of the competition having been knocked out by Sevilla in the round of 16. It is important to note that Liverpool once suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of this Manchester City team in September and they will be looking to redeem themselves once more after being the first team to defeat Guardiola’s team in the league with a 4-3 win in January. Klopp is expecting more goals. We are expecting many goals in this clash. Brace yourself for one of the juiciest clashes in the UCL.