Man City Manager Pep Guardiola Wants A Perfect Game Vs Liverpool

Erica Murray
April 10, 2018

"In that team, 100 per cent yes", declared Jenas.

Klopp said: "I saw the game of City v United at the weekend".

And he has urged his side not to panic even if City grab an early goal as Liverpool bid to hold on to their 3-0 first leg lead. We are still in the lead but we didn't win so far. After the first [United] goal, one team gains rhythm, another team loses rhythm. We need to be prepared for everything.

But the last time they led a European match by three goals at half-time was November's group tie against Sevilla when they conceded three in a insane 45 minutes to draw.

He explained: "We are here to not concede and to score to win the game so that is the plan".

With Liverpool close to clinching both a top four spot in the league and a place in the Champions League semi-final, it's no wonder the world seems rosy to the Dutchman.

Liverpool have beaten the league leaders on two occasions this season, and Van Dijk believes there is a sense of vulnerability within Pep Guardiola's team.

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"Maybe, I have an idea what we have to do tomorrow, what the guys are going to do", he said at a pre-match news conference.

"We know what we are going to face, we know their strengths and weaknesses. We are not here for a few months but for a long period, especially the players".

The main message from Guardiola to his players was this: don't give up.

Klopp's men were also thrashed 4-1 by Tottenham and involved in thrilling 3-3 draws at Arsenal and Sevilla as they were routinely torn apart on their toughest travels before Van Dijk's arrival.

Liverpool, with five ears, hopes to reach the continental quarter for the first time since losing to Chelsea in 2008, which they lost in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they nearly did it for 90 minutes.

A lengthy run through continental competition has carried them past Hoffenheim, through the group stage, past Porto and into a quarter-final clash with Manchester City. That was without Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus on the pitch.

The big question in this game is this: will Liverpool be able to sit back and defend and not play their usual game of high-pressing and forcing the issue?

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