Liverpool News: Reds aren’t favourites – Klopp

10 months ago

In the latest Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp claims his side cannot be regarded as the favourites to progress in the Champions League after being drawn against Manchester City.

Friday’s quarter-final draw has pitted the only two remaining English sides against one another for a place in the last four of the elite European competition.

Liverpool have an impressive head-to-head record against City, winning 87 of 178 meetings, losing just 45 times, but City are a different beast under Pep Guardiola.

However, Liverpool are the only team to have beaten City in the Premier League this season after claiming a dramatic 4-3 triumph at Anfield in January.

The Reds may have even picked up a positive result at the Etihad earlier in the season after Sadio Mane’s sending off changed the face of the game, with City going on to win 5-0.

Klopp knows City will be tough to overcome in a two-legged affair and believes the Premier League leaders enter the tie as favourites.

“We are for sure not the favourites in this round but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites,” Klopp said.

“I didn’t expect anything [in terms of the draw]. I didn’t wish anything. I said it before that I think it is cool in the Champions League if you play a team from your own country and it became pretty clear it was going to happen. And I think it is an absolute dream draw for all Man Utd fans!

“I really don’t mind [facing City in the quarter-finals]. We have enough time to prepare for that game until then. I will start thinking about it a lot before we play them.

“I knew it would be difficult and it will be difficult. The good news is that for Manchester City it will be difficult as well.”

Liverpool are in Premier League action against Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening.