Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media ahead of his sides crunch Champions League encounter against Manchester City at the Etihad tomorrow, and he has claimed that Manchester United were lucky to beat Pep Guardiola’s men in the Manchester Derby last weekend.
City had been 2-0 up at half-time, but were eventually defeated 3-2 by Jose Mourinho’s men. However, Klopp was quick to point out that Pep Guardiola’s men could easily have been out of sight after the first 45 minutes had they converted all the chances they created.
The German coach has used City’s first-half display to prove how dangerous the runaway league leaders can be, and show just how much work is left for his side to do.
Liverpool will go into tomorrow’s highly anticipated encounter with a commanding 3-0 lead after his side completely outplayed the Cityzens in both attack and defence during the first leg at Anfield last week.
Despite now being overwhelming favourites to progress to the semi final stage Klopp is not taking anything for granted however.
“I am not interested in labels like ‘favourites’ or ‘underdogs’. That is common sense,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“The whole game is about these legs. We are only in the lead. No problem with that, better than I could have expected. But there is a lot of work to do.”
“We want to go and score goals and have won the game at the final whistle. Nothing has changed. We are only in the lead. You all know there is a lot of work to do. That is why we are here and not thinking about who is now favourite.
“We have the chance to go to the next round but I don’t think we are already through. In football there is always the chance to strike back. Nothing is fixed. We have the chance to win. That should be the target.
“I bet Barcelona don’t think they are through against [Roma]. They have a chance to strike back. People think Liverpool have a chance to get through or they will lose. Nothing is fixed.
“City are human beings, thank God. They have had two results no-one expected but we had to play our best. United had a bit of luck and used it – City could have scored five or six.
“If you saw the first half against United, City maybe should have scored six goals – that quality isn’t a surprise for us.”