Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has been speaking to the media on the eve of the weekend that sees his Liverpool side take on Manchester City. In his press conference, Klopp was full of praise for the league leaders but stressed the importance of being confident in his own team.
When asked about the difference between Liverpool’s good first half of the season and City’s incredible one, Klopp said:
“The biggest strength of Manchester City is their discipline to be honest. What they do, they do and they do it again and do it again and do it again and do it again. That’s how it is to be honest.
What they do, they do fantastic but the good thing is it’s not completely unpredictable. Positions are clear. The only problem is they have in each position a world class player who is doing the best he can in his position.
The ball is here, the next second it’s there. You can defend it of course but it’s really difficult.
On a good day, we have a really good level but we’ve had a few days when we didn’t do that with the same consistency. Until the City game, I think we were level and after that game we struggled a bit and City obviously used the momentum.
What they do, they do on an incredibly high level.
David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. They can rest one or two. Wow, that’s quality.”
Commenting on the previous fixture in which City ran out 5-0 winners, Klopp said:
“Sometimes you get the opportunity to put the things right. Yes, that was not a nice day to be honest. To try and draw another picture, I think that would make a really sensible part of our motivation but if that’s the only one then we don’t have a chance.
It’s interesting to play against them. They play really good and if you don’t respect that then you have a problem. If you are not brave in what you do then you have another problem. So you need to really show up in a game like this otherwise if you try to react a little bit to what they do and stuff like this, you will lose. That’s how it is.
We need to show up, that’s how it is.”