Manchester City focused on Champions League qualification after midweek exit

Posted March 19, 2017

"We can not hope Aguero misses these chances", he added, with Liverpool a point and a place behind City after playing a game more.

What time is it on?

Klopp confirmed England worldwide duo of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Hendersonwill miss the tie against City, while the former Borussia Dortmund manager was waiting over the fitness of Firmino and Divock Origi. That could seriously backfire against a side like Manchester City when the game draws to a close. While I wouldn't say it's a must win for Pep, it's certainly a "must not lose" for Liverpool. 158 of those 199 wins have come at the Etihad, 41 at Maine Road.

Fernandinho says Sunday's crucial Premier League home clash with Liverpool is just the challenge Manchester City need as they look to put their Champions League disappointment behind them.

But Kewell - a Champions League and FA Cup victor during a four-year spell at Anfield - believes their impressive form against the better teams stands them in good stead of securing a return to Europe's top competition.

Emre Can has provided three assists and scored four goals in 30 apperances this season.

Jurgen Klopp has won five times against Pep Guardiola in all competitions (including one penalty shootout victory) - this is more than any other manager has collected against the Spaniard.

The two-time Champions League victor with Barcelona has failed to replicate such continental success in his debut City season, but Klopp believes the key reason for that is personnel.

Jurgen Klopp was watching City's game with Monaco keenly in the week, but is under no illusions that this match will be an easier one because of it. "I thought the changes City made in the game were really good, at half-time for example", he said in his pre-match press conference.

"They play fantastic football - they've only stumbled against the lower teams".

Liverpool are unbeaten in their nine games against sides now in the top six of the Premier League table this season (W5 D4 L0). "That's the reason why I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step". We have to do it better and that is what we are working on.

"I am really convinced about the circumstances and the basis we have. We are not used to it yet, so it feels a bit unusual".