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Champions League: Klopp faces injury crisis as City battle Liverpool at Anfield

LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has attempted to downplay the importance of  this evening’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

The only two Premier League sides left in the competition go head-to-head in the first leg at Anfield with the second leg scheduled for next Tuesday.

Jürgen Klopp

Since 2015, Klopp has taken Liverpool to a League Cup and Europa League final apiece.

But critics have claimed the clash with City is the biggest of his Reds career.

However, when asked in his pre-match press conference, Klopp was reluctant to place too much significance on the game.

Klopp told reporters: “If you prepare for a game like City or Tottenham for example, it’s exciting.

“I like it a lot, the little differences. Is this game bigger than others or not? It’s big, big, big, but it’s Champions League.

“One team will be happy while others will be disappointed. That’s it. You need to be prepared for that.

“There’s no need to make the game bigger than it is. It’s the quarter-final of the Champions League, so that’s how it is.”

Liverpool face a defensive crisis. The German coach will be without Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez and Emre Can for the Champions League quarter final first leg against runaway Premier League leaders City and the Merseyside Derby on Saturday, while Nathaniel Clyne is only just returning for a season long back lay off.



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