‘We are not the favourites’, Jurgen Klopp ahead of Man City – Liverpool clash

Liverpool travel to Manchester City on the Sunday afternoon kick off and the undoubted heavyweight clash of this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

The Anfield men are a point and a place behind Man City - although Pep Guardiola's side do have a game in hand.  A win for City would give them a four point cushion, maintain their game in hand and make it exceptionally difficult for the reds to overtake them in the final 9 games of the season.

This league advantage wasn't lost on Jurgen Klopp who highlighted Man City's expansive attacking style this season.

"I don't think we are the favourites

"That's not too bad. We know that we can be difficult to play in games like this, that's true.

"We've felt good in these games so far but for me City is the most difficult team to play. It's real football - difficult to defend.

Coming up against his former adversary in Germany Klopp appeared to be relishing the footballing battle.

"We have to be at our best to get anything. If you get a little bit passive they play around you. I am really looking forward to this, it's a real tactical challenge.

"It's an important moment in the season, but I don't think we should involve this type of pressure. We know that it's possible to win.

Guardiola had a tough midweek - where he saw his side knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Monaco - despite a 5-3 first leg lead. They were beaten 3-1 in Monaco in a tie that encompassed their season.

Whilst they have a fluid attack they also have defensive issues - just like Liverpool.

Klopp was asked if he thought, on the back of that result, if it was a good time to play City?

"Hopefully! No idea. Could I change the time? Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes. But they can learn, that's all you can do.

"But two spectacular games. Monaco are flying in the league and in the Champions League, too.

Man City v Liverpool from the Etihad stadium kicks off at 4:30pm GMT on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp Press Conference - Pre-Match (Man City v Liverpool, Premier League)

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  • Henry Danger

    It would be easy to say this is just Klopp using mind games saying we are not favourites, but I think he might be right this time. If we lose I think we may struggle to catch City up although they do have a good few games against the other teams at the top.

    A draw for us would not be a bad result Sunday if we can go on and win 6 or 7 of the last 9.