Five keys to Liverpool v Manchester City

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"A lot of our opponents, people think they defend better, but there are a lot of moments when [THEIR] goalkeepers make spectacular saves and we usually don't have that - today we had it", Klopp said.

In possession, none of them have the same level of comfort as the players Guardiola had at either Barcelona or Bayern which is what makes asking them to play in the same way a risky strategy especially against elite teams.

Guardiola suggested after that game that his players may not have dealt with the atmosphere well as the Reds scored three goals in a blistering 10-minute spell in the second half.

City's all-time leading goalscorer underwent specialist training during the club's warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi in a bid to be ready for the quarter-final first-leg clash at Anfield.

If anyone can beat City, Liverpool at least know they have a blueprint which works and that is why Guardiola cannot place an iota of importance on the United game.

"We lost a bit of control [in the last meeting]; we were involved in the environment of Anfield".

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For much of this season there has been little doubt over who would be named Player of the Year in England - City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been so good with his precision passing, tireless running and quality finishes that there hardly seemed to be another contender worth considering.

"Man City, because in my opinion a cool thing about the Champions League is getting the chance to play in another country". "I think it's really is about tactics but there will be fire in the game, so that's cool". It's just the way football goes. "Mane and Firmino, all three, they are nearly unstoppable". If we are in the position we are now in the Premier League it is because everyone has made his own contribution.

In September, Sadio Mane's early red card changed the complexion of the game which City won 5-0 but it's the return match at Anfield that Jurgen Klopp will use as the template.

Drawing the only other English team left in the competition was quite low down on their preferred options, behind even some of the European elite.

"They didn't know what to do".

Rather than leaving that condition hanging in the air he quickly stressed that Liverpool's task is "unbelievably difficult". "The result is, most of the time, the outcome of what you have done".