Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side won’t be favourites when they face-off against Manchester City in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League. A number of Reds players including Georginio Wijnaldum had hoped to miss the Citizens in the next stage of the European competition, but they will now to have overcome the Premier League leaders in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Klopp stressed that the Reds are not favourites to go through on any condition, but they will have to give their everything at this stage of the competition, he said: “I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really. It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go. We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.”
Going into the first leg of the Champions League tie between Liverpool and Manchester City, not many punters or pundits gave Liverpool a chance of qualifying to the semi-final stage of this season’s Champions League. Manchester City, the runaway league leaders were tipped by many online sports betting punters to win both home and away. That was not to be the case as Liverpool proved that the earlier win against Manchester City in the Premier League was not a fluke result as the team dismantled Manchester City by 3 goals to nil. The big question now however is, will Liverpool finish off the job when the teams meet at the Etihad.
Comfortable lead to take to the Etihad
When teams play in the knockout stages of the Champions League, there are two things that are particularly important, the first one is to take a healthy lead in the first leg more or if you are playing at home and the second one is to avoid conceding the away goal. Liverpool passed these two tests in the first leg winning by a 3 goal margin and avoiding to concede an away goal. Though it’s a comfortable lead, the calibre of the side Liverpool are going to meet in the second leg suggests there is still more work to be done. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his side are still on the hunt for the title despite falling nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City. The Reds were frustrated on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United, who opted for a defensive approach to their game.
Since the stalemate, questions have been raised over the Reds progress after securing just one win in the last eight games in all competitions. In a report quoted by The Mirror, Klopp believes the club remain in the pursuit of the English crown and backs them for continued success in the years to come.
Liverpool have moved back into second place in the Premier League after beating Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield yesterday evening.
The Reds took the lead six minutes before the break through Steven Gerrard’s free kick, before Daniel Sturridge doubled their advantage shortly after the restart with his twentieth league goal of the season.
Liverpool will be looking to continue their unbeaten league run when they welcome a struggling Sunderland side to Anfield this evening.
The Reds can move to within just one points of leaders Chelsea with victory, while a draw would see them move level on points with Manchester City, who moved into second after beating Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
Liverpool twice came from behind to eventually beat Cardiff City 6-3 in South Wales on Saturday afternoon.
The Bluebirds took the lead through Jordan Mutch on nine minutes, before Reds top scorer Luis Suarez equalised soon after.
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Liverpool will be ready to capitalise on any slip ups made by the sides either side of them in the division when they take on Cardiff City in South Wales on Saturday afternoon.
With leaders Chelsea hosting third place Arsenal in Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners earlier in the day, the Reds, who are unbeaten in the league in 2014, will either be able to close the gap on themselves and the Blues if they drop points, or indeed pull clear of the Gunners should there be a home win at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool kept their title hopes alive with a famous 3-0 win over reigning champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Penalty kicks either side of half time from Steven Gerrard gave the visitors a comfortable lead, while Luis Suarez put the result beyond any doubt with a neat finish six minutes from time.
With the score at two nil, the Reds were awarded a third penalty in an incident that saw United captain Nemanja Vidic dismissed, but Gerrard, who went for the opposite corner to his previous two efforts, hit the post.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were superior in all areas, easing to a fifth straight league win, and tenth unbeaten.
They are now just four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in a hand, after Jose Mourinho’s men were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur to stay level on points with Liverpool, while title favourites Manchester City kept themselves in the hunt by beating Hull City.
Liverpool will now turn their attention to next Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City, while they host Sunderland four days later.
Should they take maximum points from both games, and Chelsea fail to beat Arsenal at the weekend, they will return to the summit with just seven games to left to play.
Liverpool will be hoping to keep on the coattails of Premier League leaders Chelsea as they take on fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds, who could be as many as ten points behind Jose Mourinho’s men by Saturday evening, also have the chance to put distance between themselves and fifth place Tottenham Hotspur, who host Arsenal later in the day.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas is closing in on his return to the first team, with the Brazil international set to play for the Reds’ reserves on Friday, according to TalkSport.
The 27 year old has been out of action for almost two months, having suffered knee damage in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on January 18th.