Klopp confident he is the right manager for Liverpool

Mar 19, 2017, 00:32
Klopp confident he is the right manager for Liverpool

Yes we know that we can be hard to play in games like this but we have to be at our best to get anything there because they are strong, they are good, and if you get a little bit passive they play you around.

Turning around a 5-3 deficit from the first leg appeared to be a tall order for Monaco, but instead looked rather too easy as the home side cruised into a 2-0 lead within 30 minutes and then quickly responded to City's brief second-half fightback to reach the quarterfinals on away goals.

Jurgen Klopp's side are now in fourth place in the Premier League table as they bid to secure their spot in next season's Champions League.

Yet Guardiola received positive communication from Mubarak. "I have no idea", he said.

Klopp's side will leapfrog the Citizens in the table with a victory or even a draw at the Etihad in what is a crucial game in the race for a Champions League place. "I always think about alternatives". But he knows, I know better than him, how it works. I expect a reaction from the team.

Guardiola failed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the time in his managerial career when his side were eliminated by Monaco on Wednesday night. City are in the FA Cup semi-final this year yet he accepts this could be a first campaign without one, although he feels more energised than ever. "That is probably the most important thing if you judge a manager".

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"I've been a big fan of Pep", he told Omnisport. "I want to see myself if I am able to do that; that is my impression".

City were looking to hit Monaco on the break, but the hosts managed to keep wingers Sane and Raheem Sterling in their own half.

In the wake of City's Champions League exit, Guardiola's team selection and tactics have come under heavy scrutiny, particularly his decision to name an attacking lineup for a game which City needed only to draw to go through. I met Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. We are thinking (of how) to get better. "The way he's working, the way his team is playing makes me want to study the games". The captain is suffering a third injury-blighted season and Guardiola admitted he could not rely on the defender remaining fit to play.

"The manager was saying before that the more and more he plays the Champions League, it is about the set-pieces", Stones said.

But the Belgium worldwide has been fit and available for selection for the past two weeks and his continued absence from Guardiola's plans has raised eyebrows among senior figures and within the squad.

Yaya Touré's agent, Dimitri Seluk, has said he has held talks over a possible move for the midfielder, whose contract at City expires this summer.