Liverpool boss Klopp: 37-goal Salah now pure striker

Liverpool succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United earlier last month, but they have since returned to winning ways with back-to-back victories over Watford and Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about saluting Pep Guardiola's ability to create "extraordinary" teams, but the Liverpool boss is convinced he can bridge the class divide when Manchester City visit Anfield for their Champions League showdown.

The hosts were in the ascendancy in a flash, as Luka Milivojevic converted from the penalty spot after Loris Karius had clattered into an onrushing Wilfried Zaha.

On Monday, Liverpool's Senegalese winger, Sadio Mane, revealed his happiness with Mohamed Salah's performance with Liverpool this season. In the final stretch, the home side paid for their missed chances as a stellar Salah found the back of the net for the 29th time this season.

According to the report by Don Balon, Ronaldo mentioned the name of David De Gea in a meeting with the club's chiefs as a player he wants to play with next season at the Bernabeu. "And it's at Anfield anyway, so a good atmosphere to watch".

Laporte's normal role is at centre-half, and while Guardiola prides himself on having versatile players who can play in several roles, it will be a huge test for the former Athletic Bilbao defender if he plays.

"I'm not going to sit here saying the only reason we came away with another defeat is because the referee didn't send one of their players off", said Hodgson. "We're going to do our best".

Chile forward Sanchez bagged just his second goal since joining United from Arsenal in January in the 20th minute. "It's the quarter-finals of the Champions League and I've never played at this stage before".

Marko Arnautovic lifted the gloom at West Ham as his double inspired a crucial 3-0 victory against relegation rivals Southampton.

And Arnautovic ensured West Ham's fans went home happy for once with a superb volley in first-half stoppage time.

Klopp said: "That's true, that makes him a proper striker".

It was his Borussia Dortmund side which beat City in the 2012/13 group stage in germany, 1-0. "It's responsibility, of course, but nobody told him he had to score 30 goals otherwise we can't be successful, and now we don't tell him that if he doesn't score we can't win", Klopp said.

The Reds held on during a tense finish to earn a valuable three points in the top four race, while Crystal Palace remain on the cusp of relegation.

  • Julie Sanders