• Klopp rates Manchester City as the most difficult team to play

    PA SportMar 19, 2017, 09:08 IST

    Jurgen Klopp

    Manchester: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not agree with the scrutiny counterpart Pep Guardiola is coming under following Manchester City's Champions League exit but that does not mean he will be sympathetic towards the Catalan today.

    Klopp has warned his squad they cannot afford to be passive at the Etihad Stadium or they risk being bypassed by City's ball players and so the plan is likely to be to go on the attack.

    "I am not in doubt about his (Guardiola's) quality. Maybe a few people are but I am not. I respect him a lot," said Klopp. I know probably a few people think (differently) now they are out of the Champions League but I think the way they played was quite impressive as Monaco.

    "City could have won the game easily in the second half but because they are human beings they missed a few chances. "For me City is the most difficult team to play. I know their image at this moment in this country is a little bit different."

    "I've heard about Pep Guardiola's style and all that stuff but it is real football and it is difficult to defend against them. "If you are passive against City you have no chance. You have to be active and to be active you need to be brave."

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