Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has advised his team not to be complacent as they face Manchester City today.
The German manager is aware that tonight’s clash is a highly challenging one for his team and among the hardest games in the world of contemporary football.
Klopp understands that the upcoming game tonight would be a very impassioned event, considering the strength of Manchester City and the prowess of its manager, Joseph “Pep Guardiola.
Moreover, Liverpool’s head coach recalled that last season, City gained 100 points which most football followers found miraculous.
Klopp clearly understands Guardiola’s squad, describing it as very desirous, unbending, and acquisitive.
The Reds’ manager said that his team should get ready for “another thunderstorm,” mindful of City’s fervent desire to defeat them.
He emphasized that even if his team members are 99 percent ready for the clash, focus is a must. Otherwise, they will still have high chances of losing.
Nevertheless, Klopp affirmed that Liverpool’s players are perfectly concentrating on tonight’s game.
Liverpool is currently atop the Premier League table with 54 points. They are six points ahead of second-placer, Tottenham Hotspur.
Their Thursday competitor, Manchester City, is seven points behind them, sitting third at the Premier League standings with 47 points.
Guardiola is also going after his 100th victory while in charge of City. On Sunday, he earned his 99th triumph against Southampton on their game in Saint Mary’s Stadium.
Winning against City would be the 10th triumph in a row in the Premier League for Liverpool.
They are starting to discover their shooting boots as well, having scored three and above goals in six of their past eight games.
The defensive record of The Reds has been the most impressive and it has enjoyed an unparalleled advantage over its competitors.
Klopp’s team will be clashing against their host at the City of Manchester Stadium, also known as the Etihad Stadium, the home ground of the Manchester City Football Club.
The match is considered as the most important sporting event of the Premier League season.
Although an obvious underdog relative to Liverpool, there are also supporters of Manchester City like Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane.
He is well aware that the German manager’s group is in the best form at this point and that they are number one in the Premier League table.
Kane, however, is hopeful that City would win Thursday’s showdown because it would boost his team’s title chances.
Tottenham is currently in second place to Liverpool and they claimed victory against Cardiff 3-0 on their New Year’s Day face-off.