Wednesday 18 September 2019

'I really felt for them' - Jurgen Klopp reveals why he had sympathy for Manchester City

Pep Guardiola (Martin Rickett/PA)
Pep Guardiola (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he 'felt sorry' for Manchester City after their agonising Champions League defeat against Tottenham last Wednesday.

City's hopes of reaching the final of Europe's elite competition for the first time ended after Raheem Sterling's late goal was ruled out after a VAR review, with Klopp admitting he had some sympathy for his title rivals.

"I really felt for them at the end of the game," he stated. "The decision might have been the right one but no one spotted it at the time and to go out like that after celebrating winning must have been horrible."

Klopp went on to suggest he is ignoring Manchester City's progress in the Premier League, even though his Liverpool team need a slip-up to have a chance of lifting the title.

"I don't need to read about it, I don't need to hear about it," he said of the title race. "I've watched football all my life, I am a football supporter and if my favourite club would be in the situation we are, I would be buzzing.

"That's how it is, you are constantly on your toes. You want to go out, talk to people, celebrate and talk about all these things, I can't imagine.

"We are not part of that life anymore. We have to make sure it stays like this and so it is no problem. I love the situation we are in, it is really good, but we have to prove it pretty much everyday, at least in the games.

"I don't look at the results of Man City or Tottenham. I look at the results of Liverpool as that is all I can control."

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Allison has rejected the theory that his team will crack under the pressure as they target a Premier League and Champions League double in the final month of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's side are battling it out with Manchester City for the Premier League title and will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with Alisson insisting the pressure should be embraced by his team-mates.

"It isn't pressure. It's a feeling of knowing that you have the possibility of winning, a feeling of responsibility," he told Sky Sports.

"We play at a gigantic club in Liverpool, with passionate supporters who care deeply about the Premier League first and foremost, and the Champions League.

"So we feel the responsibility yes, but we take it on and try to play as well as we can out on the field.

"The reality is that there is a lot of work ahead of us, it's not just seven games. Yes we could reach the Champions League final, but first we have two semi-finals and four games in the Premier League.

"We are going to fight very hard to win these two titles, but it's a very difficult mission and we have to take it step by step, game by game, very calmly."

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