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.
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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