Pep Guardiola told his Manchester City players just how happy he was with their performance immediately after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool, goalkeeper Willy Caballero has said.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has insisted that he has never seen a player as capable when it comes to penalties as his team-mate James Milner.
“We are still in a battle, that’s how it is”, Klopp added on Champions League qualification.
Between now and the end of the season, Liverpool will face Everton (H), Bournemouth (H), Stoke City (A), West Brom (A), Crystal Palace (H), Watford (A), Southampton (H), West Ham (A) and Middlesbrough (H).
With Premier League leaders Chelsea 13 points above his side, the FA Cup represents Guardiola’s only realistic chance of a trophy in his first season in England, with City facing Arsenal in the last four next month.
With Man Utd breathing down Liverpool’s neck the reds need to improve against the teams further down the league and collect as many victories as possible in the final 9 games.
Liverpool are still missing Danny Ings with a long-term injury, while Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge have joined him on the training table.
He called one, on Manchester City’s Gael Clichy’s clumsy challenge on Roberto Firmino in the 50th minute.
“I felt if we got the second, we would have put the game to bed”. We arrived here against Liverpool, who haven’t had European football and had all week to prepare, and how we fight and how we run and how we showed spirit.
“We’re going into the last nine games now so we’ve got to give it a big push”.
“I love this club and I want to be here for a long, long time”, he said.
Both teams lost ground on Tottenham in the race for the second – with Manchester United now just four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s fourth-placed side.
It is said the converted left-back could end up playing for five years with the Merseyside club, which is the same amount of time he spent at former side Manchester City.
However, they can’t count on facing Top 7 sides who are willing to come out and play after the Merseyside derby return against Everton at Anfield following the global break.
He continued: “When you approach one game and are ten games in a row winning or in a good mood it is not special. One goal a year”, he said with a smile.