Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Manchester City are favourites to beat us, but…

Liverpool have little time to savour their win, however, as they return to action on Wednesday when they face Premier League leaders City at Anfield in Europe's elite club competition. Put simply, unless Liverpool improve in that area they will not be reaching the semi-finals.

'Scoring goals away is so important, we're going to try score goals, but they have three people up front plus (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle, set-pieces with (Virgil) van Dijk, they are an extraordinary team'.

Both managers, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, are now extolling the virtues of the opposing side, ahead of what will certainly be an extremely entertaining match.

City captain Vincent Kompany, who has been with the club for almost 10 years, said he understood the desire of fans to celebrate in front of United's players and supporters. "And when they are, that's when the individual quality of the player becomes important", he said.

Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Premier League leading scorer Mohamed Salah all netted in the 4-3 victory in January and Guardiola says his side will have to be at their absolute best to stop them.

Guardiola, having lost 4-3 at Anfield earlier in the season, knows just how hard that game will be, and the physical effects of the encounter with Jurgen Klopp's side will no doubt leave some players unable to give their absolute best just three days later.

Klopp has suggested the approach will be the same on Wednesday.

'The way we attack the opponent, the way we defend high is unpleasant [for our opponents].

If anyone can beat City, Liverpool at least know they have a blueprint which works and that is why Guardiola cannot place an iota of importance on the United game.

Although he has led Liverpool back into the Champions League, the German knows he must deliver trophies.

Matip was the man in action against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Lovren still working his way back to full fitness following a minor ankle injury, but the Cameroonian struggled with and without the ball.

"So this is not one game, Liverpool". In a game which could be tightly balanced, it will be fascinating to see if the full-back can rise to the occasion. "But I am sorry, as a manager, now Liverpool will occupy all my head".

Salah has always been the leading contender for signing of the season but some would argue that his 37 goals and overall contribution now make him a valid alternative vote to De Bruyne.

"You should finish the game with 11 men".

  • Stacy Allen