Man City face tough test against Liverpool

The frailties in City's defence were badly exposed on Wednesday when Monaco's 3-1 victory carried the French leader into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The two sides tied at 6-6 on aggregate, but Monaco made it into the last eight on away goals, the second time this has happened in the past three seasons.

"I have played him a lot and it is hard to play his teams", Klopp said.

"They are a strong side and we have already faced them, but any team we get drawn with in Nyon will be a tough matchup".

'It's an important game before the national team break against one of the best teams in the Premier League'.

"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay". "We deserved it by far - we've played four away games [in the FA Cup] and at the beginning of this game we showed the people that we want to travel to London and be in the semi-final".

Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 in the corresponding fixture at Anfield on New Year's Eve.

"I met the big boss Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan". I think it's a really good team.

Tottenham, who host Southampton on Sunday, must prove they can thrive without Harry Kane if they are to have any chance of closing the gap on Chelsea. Maybe there are easier jobs out there but it is really good. We forgot to do that in the first half.

"Everyone wants to be playing in the Champions League and that's what we're hoping to do next season, and hopefully we could do a good job there". They were all draws and if you turn them all into wins then boom, City are comfortably in the top 4.

"[Against Liverpool] I expect a reaction from this team". At this level, we have to play for more than 45 minutes.

As UEFA rules stipulate that each association can have a maximum of five clubs in the Champions League, the fourth-placed team in the EPL will be dropped to the Europa League if Leicester and Man United secure silverware in Europe this season. To go through to the quarter-finals again is also recognition of the work we have done on an worldwide level. He has been able to play a bit deeper at times, while still scoring four Premier League goals and assisting 11 more.

"We will improve but this competition is so demanding", Guardiola, who spoke of his team's lack of experience in dealing with such situations, said. Guardiola chose to go with just one central-midfielder in the form of Fernandinho and his decision quickly backfired as the Monaco midfield dominated the centre of the park in the first half.

  • Joey Payne