Jurgen Klopp: 'No special pressure against Manchester City'

Jurgen Klopp: 'No special pressure against Manchester City'

"We work really hard on it all week to bring this on the pitch but I'm sure he does the same".

Leonardo Jardim's team, who were without the injured Radamel Falcao, started brightly and pressed high as Mbappe's pace forced City to sit deep.

Yet when it came to the crunch on Wednesday, City showed they have regressed.

"It is a massive disappointment", right back Bacary Sagna said.

"We knew that but unfortunately - especially in the first half - we didn't play so well and conceded two goals". Monaco couldn't do it in two halves. It's the same situation for Pablo Zabaleta, who remained on the bench as City's pursuit of a first European Cup ended in the round of 16.

Liverpool's success in the big games can be broken down further.

"After that, we created some chances to score and we did score but unfortunately, Monaco scored again to put us out of the Champions League".

Andrea Raggi made a crucial interception to deny Sergio Aguero, who had been teed up by Sterling, and keeper Danijel Subasic then produced a superb save to deny the Argentine striker in a oneonone.

The Brazilian, instrumental in the three Premier League victories Klopp has enjoyed over City since arriving at Anfield, missed last week's narrow victory over Burnley with a thigh problem. But Guardiola has been reassured by the reaction from City's powerbrokers.

But Kewell - a Champions League and FA Cup victor during a four-year spell at Anfield - believes their impressive form against the better teams stands them in good stead of securing a return to Europe's top competition.

Aleksandar Kolarov urged Manchester City not to let their season peter out after Monaco denied them a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Reds are now fourth in the league table but are being closely chased by Arsenal and Manchester United, who have played less league games than Liverpool at this point in the season.

Klopp enjoyed a good record against Guardiola when they were in charge of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively, but he says reports of the Catalan's demise have been greatly exaggerated. It's an huge joy, I didn't expect it.

'The problem in the first half was we didn't create against Monaco and that's what I'm most anxious about. "We can not hope Aguero misses these chances", he added, with Liverpool a point and a place behind City after playing a game more.

The German coach addressed the media on Friday ahead of the clash at the Etihad Stadium, a fixture that'll be vital for both sides in their pursuit of a top-four finish.