Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his side to expect a ‘thunderstorm’ when they meet Manchester City in tonight’s crunch Premier League clash.
The Reds sit seven points ahead of the reigning champions and boast an undefeated top-flight campaign so far – although they were lucky not to have lost in the reverse fixture last year.
Klopp admits that he was well aware of the danger the hosts could cause. He said speaking of their last encounter at the Etihad in April;
“It was a thunderstorm,” “They said before the game they could come back from 3-0 down and everyone knew they could – we did as well.
“I think we should [prepare for another thunderstorm]. It will be a very intense game; it’s unbelievable how obvious their desire is.
“Last season they got 100 points and people said ‘how can they do that again?’. They’re ruthless, full of desire, greedy. December wasn’t their month, but now it’s January.”
Liverpool’s Premier League title doubt continues to weigh heavy on the club’s support, but Klopp believes reaching the Champions League final got rid of the ‘backpack’ on his side’s back and helped them – along with new acquisitions – forge a stronger identity.
“We’re a different team. We’ve improved since last year, as we had to. These boys are of a different level and quality, that’s true. I trust them 100 per cent.
“We’re all in this situation, we’re all in the same mood 100%. That’s the mood in which we go to City.”