AS Monaco 3 Manchester City 1 - Defensive woes exposed again
Mar 19 2017
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also has the slight edge in head-to-head meetings with Guardiola following the Reds' victory at Anfield in December. The Spanish manager went with a very attacking lineup and paid the price against a very good side. He likes to attack in four, five, six seconds all the time. Huge, talented players, English players and foreign players. "I always think about alternatives". Even though they scored first, in reality all they needed to do was get a goal in Madrid, but there just seemed no belief.
Can's goal ultimately kept Liverpool ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester United in the chase for fourth place and, while Klopp felt the Germany midfielder should have done more to prevent Matt Lowton crossing for Burnley's goal, he was pleased to see that his star has finally recovered from persistent injury troubles.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 31-year-old came out with the rather weird comment that he thinks the current Liverpool team are as good, if not better, than the title-winning sides of Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. We know that it's possible to win.
However, he's had more flash points to deal with in recent times and has shown a red card in his last two games - Chelsea v Man Utd and Besiktas v Olympiakos. They may think they might get the opportunity again, but in reality I don't know how many of that group will get the opportunity again.
City have consistently been one of England's more entertaining sides this season and have scored 14 goals in their last five matches in all competitions, but Guardiola has nonetheless faced criticism for some of his team's defensive displays.
"I wonder when I look at players, do they not realise the opportunity that has passed them by? You have to be active and to be active you need to be fearless". We beat Arsenal, City and Tottenham, three strong teams.
The two-time Champions League victor with Barcelona has failed to replicate such continental success in his debut City season, but Klopp believes the key reason for that is personnel.
The fleet-footed Sane was one of City's best players in the first leg and came alive after the break, smashing the ball into the roof of the net after Danijel Subasic's save from Raheem Sterling's low shot fell right into his path. Although, long term absentees; Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and skipper Vincent Kompant are all unavailable for selection.
Klopp is crossing his fingers Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino will prove his fitness in time.
But Dejan Lovren (knee) is fit after playing 75 minutes for the club's under-23s on Monday and could take over from Ragnar Klavan in the heart of the Liverpool defence.