Confident Klopp tells City to ex­pect ‘fire’

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Liver­pool boss Juer­gen Klopp has vowed “there will be fire” when the Mersey­side club faces Manch­ester City in to­mor­row’s Cham­pi­ons League show­down, say­ing his team, at their best, are ca­pa­ble of de­fy­ing the odds to reach the semi­fi­nals.

City visit An­field in the first leg of their quar­ter­fi­nal tie, re­sum­ing a ri­valry which has seen 12 goals scored in the last two meet­ings be­tween the teams.

“If I had the choice to watch a Cham­pi­ons League game on Wed­nes­day I would watch this one,” Klopp said.

“It is about tac­tics but there will be fire in the game, so that’s cool. And it’s at An­field any­way, so a good at­mos­phere to watch.”

Liver­pool suf­fered a 5-0 league de­feat at the Eti­had Sta­dium in Septem­ber af­ter for­ward Sa­dio Mane was sent off but ex­acted their re­venge with a 4-3 win at An­field in Jan­uary, which re­mains City’s only Pre­mier League de­feat of the sea­son.

De­spite the de­feat, Pep Guardi­ola’s side re­main 16 points clear at the top of the stand­ings and Klopp ac­cepts it will be dif­fi­cult to knock City out over two legs in Europe.

“Did we think be­fore the first game we would lose 5-0? No. Did we think be­fore the sec­ond we would win 4-3? No. But do we know we have a chance? Yes,” he added.

“Ac­tu­ally that was clear be­fore but they are the fa­vorites. We should fin­ish the game with 11 first of all, that would be cool. We know it’s dif­fi­cult.

“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. We see our chance but we know it will be un­be­liev­ably dif­fi­cult.”

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