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Jurgen Klopp UNHAPPY at facing Man City in Champions League

03 April 2018, 03:04 | Tracey Rhodes

Mohamed Salah has been in exceptional form this season for Liverpool and scored on Saturday

Mohamed Salah has been in exceptional form this season for Liverpool and scored on Saturday

Liverpool FC will now turn their attentions towards European affairs and the crunch first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Klopp has won many plaudits for his team's style of football, but his Liverpool side have lost in two finals - the League Cup and the Europa League in 2016.

If the German worldwide and his team-mates needed any extra motivation ahead of the tie, it lies in the fact that City's sole defeat in the Premier League this season came at the hands of the Merseysiders with Liverpool edging a seven-goal Anfield thriller in January.

That may have been a dress rehearsal for Wednesday's game where, whoever Guardiola chooses as the left-back will have the daunting task of marking Mohamed Salah, who has scored 37 goals in all competitions this season.

"It's not just Salah".

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

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.

If we are able [we make the] semi-finals, if we are not able [we say] well done Liverpool and next season we come back stronger to overcome the situation we can not this season.

"I was never a manager who thought what is the best result?"

"The other team is Sevilla, since we already played there".

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But the City fanbase has still to embrace the Champions League and regard it as the pinnacle, as they do at Anfield and Old Trafford, so local supremacy remains the primary focus for many of them. We should finish the game with 11 first of all, that would be cool.

"But that's a big ask, to be able to put that much energy and effort in two games, for 90 minutes a time".

Rather than leaving that condition hanging in the air he quickly stressed that Liverpool's task is "unbelievably difficult". The Champions League is where Guardiola's focus should be. Hopefully he can help us.

The Catalan revealed following Saturday's victory at Goodison Park that all of his decisions over the next 10 days will be made with both games against Liverpool in mind.

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