Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has this evening opened up on his tactical plans for his side’s upcoming Champions League quarter-final fixtures with Manchester City.
The Reds advanced to the final 8 of this season’s Champions League courtesy of a 5-0 aggregate drubbing of Portuguese giants Porto in the last-16, and were rewarded during last month’s draw with a tough tie versus fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City.
City, for their part, dispatched of Swiss outfit Basel in the competition’s last-16, with Pep Guardiola’s side viewed by many as the favourites to go all the way this season.
Liverpool and City have already met on two occasions this season, the first of which saw City dismantle the Reds during a 5-0 demolition at the Etihad.
However, Liverpool showed their worth during the second meeting between the sides in January, fending off a late fightback to become the first team to defeat the Citizens in the Premier League all season.
Speaking in an interview with UEFA.com earlier today, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was questioned on Wednesday’s fast-approaching first-leg clash between his side and the Sky Blues, with the German tactician revealing that he does not plan to alter the way in which the Reds have become accustomed to defending, holding out hope that his pressing tactics will pay dividends in the end:
‘The way we attack the opponent, the way we defend high is unpleasant (for our opponents). If we do that well they will have some difficulty coping with it.’
‘It will be very exciting. There’s no guarantee this will work. In the end it’s the lads on the pitch who will decide the game.’