Klopp: We are in the lead, nothing else

Florence Fletcher
April 10, 2018

The German again goes head-to-head with arguably the greatest coach of his generation in Pep Guardiola, against whom he has a better record than anyone else, having won seven of their 13 encounters.

Jurgen Klopp was much-criticised early in the campaign for refusing to splash out on a backup option to Van Dijk as Liverpool's chances of challenging City for the title vanished quickly due to defensive deficiencies. "It's a joy to be manager of this team, even three days ago the way we played". And you see what can happen.

He answered that question in the build up to Liverpool's crucial second leg quarterfinal fixture against Manchester City on Tuesday. But Klopp is all too aware that they have the weapons to hurt his side. Most of the people think Liverpool will go through but will lose the game.

"I think - "look where I am. We have the chance to win".

They were 3-0 up at halftime in Sevilla in their group stage match in November but ended up drawing 3-3 after a second-half comeback was completed with an added-time equaliser from Guido Pizarro. The Reds have kept an impressive eight clean sheets in their last 12 matches and have only conceded 15 goals since the start of the year.

Much has changed since that night at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Guardiola admitted his side's inability to see out the United game could weigh on players' minds today. United at the weekend.

Van Dijk sees himself carrying on professionally for another 10 years barring serious injuries, which is very good news for Liverpool fans, but bad news for other teams in the Premier League and overseas. It was like a thunderstorm. There were just 97 seconds between Paul Pogba's first and second goals on Saturday while Liverpool scored three in 19 minutes at Anfield.

"We all knew about his ability, but his organisation has really helped full backs Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. But even if were are not clinical, OK move on, next one, next one, next one, that is what we have to think about". That's what I am talking about in terms of not needing examples.

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"What we need at Liverpool are these kind of players who are leaders", said Klopp recently on Van Dijk's influence.

"We are still in the lead but we didn't win so far. It is about doing the right things, staying in the mood where we can bring in our strengths".

"It would be the same if they were 3-0 up".

"It is different. We are longer together".

"We don't need that information".

Five-time European Cup winners, Liverpool have waited a decade to get back into the Champions League semi-finals. Playing for the semifinals of the Champions League with my team. Just enjoy it and love it'.

"Sometimes a little too much", he says. That is why I started to play football and why I wanted to do it day in, day out.

"I like pressure anyway".

"Leading from the back, Van Dijk's influence on Liverpool's defence since arriving in January can not be overstated".

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