Jurgen Klopp insists he’s ready for Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side reached the last eight after hammering Porto in the Round of 16, with a resounding 5-0 victory at the Estadio do Dragao ahead of a routine goalless draw at Anfield.
And on Friday, were drawn against the Premier League leaders in the last eight of the Champions League.
Klopp is the only manager whose side have beaten Manchester City in the Premier League this season, and he’s looking forward to playing the Premier League’s Champions in waiting.
Responding to the draw, the Liverpool manager told Liverpool’s official website: “I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really.
“It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go.
“We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool.
That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.
“We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona – but thank God it’s football and nothing is decided.
Anfield will host the first leg, which will be played on April 4 with the second leg to be held on April 10.
And there’s every possibility that Manchester City will be playing the second leg of the quarter finals as Premier league champions.
Pep Guardiola’s side host city rivarls – Manchester United on April 7. If both teams win their respective league games before the derby day, then a win for City against Mourinho’s charges will make them league champions, and they will have more motivation to go all out for their third trophy of the season – the Champions league.
However, same can not be said of third-placed Liverpool, who still need to secure a top four position.
“We have a few games to play until then, but I am really looking forward to it and we will give it everything; Klopp added.
“For us, it’s completely normal. We can get a result at home for sure, but it’s obviously a difficult game – but good news for both teams.
“It is like it should be in the last eight. It was clear we would face a strong team. Now we have Man City. The good thing is they are the team we know most about. It’s not too cool for England because now only one team can go to the semis. But we will try everything.
“I know our away fans are fantastic, so that will be a great atmosphere as well. They are two really good games and a big challenge for both sides – but, that’s like it should be.”