Manchester City v Liverpool, despite their title rival’s, uneven start, and the extreme demands of a shortened season, Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool faced the “most difficult game in the world of football” at Manchester City on Sunday.
After reacting to the loss of Virgil van Dijk with five straight wins in all competitions, the Premier League champions will move eight points away from Pep Guardiola’s team with a victory at the Etihad Stadium, despite having played one more game.
“It is important that we have our own plan and not only think about their plan, that we are brave, we play football with all we have and then we have a chance,” said the Liverpool manager.
“But it is very difficult. This is the most difficult game in the world of football I would say, to play against Manchester City.”
“It is a very difficult game hopefully for both teams because both teams will perform on a high level. There are so many things that are different this season, nothing is to compare with last year.”
“Nothing can compare with the year before. Everything is different and we just have to make sure we get through very intense periods, line up the fittest players, and play the best football we can.”
This term in the Premier League, City still has to record back-to-back wins, but Klopp, though dismissing the suggestion that Sunday’s game could have an impact on the title race, insists that their challenge and consistency are undiminished.