Jurgen Klopp 'happy at Liverpool amid Bayern Munich talk'
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 17, 2019,
Mar 17, 2019, 13:04
Liverpool's squad strengthening has allowed them to establish parity with a Manchester City side who ran away with the title past year in record-breaking fashion. "They are struggling, fighting to survive and that is always hard to play against, those teams".
Before the match, the Portuguese had indicated that the Bundesliga leaders were his favourites to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
"But there are six, seven teams that would play in every league in the world, so that makes it a bit special". "It wasn't a bitter exit like in the past years (to Real Madrid)".
This should be the flawless game for Salah to find his shooting boots and break that six game duck, while we may even see a resurrection of Shaqiri in light of Jordan Henderson's injury. But much of its rise to the top of the league has come as a result of Dortmund's lack of efficiency.
How are the English sides equipped?
One supercomputer predicted that City would win the title this season, but maybe Klopp could prove that computer and his critics wrong at the same time. It is the third time in history that four English teams will be in the quarterfinals.
Klopp said his players were staying level-headed despite the growing pressures, dismissing the idea that near misses in recent seasons gave them extra motivation.
Liverpool made their way into the next round after managing to come through against Bayern Munich, despite not being favourites. Not a lot of teams have on their cards an away win at Munich. Of course, van Dijk defending well is hardly newsworthy, but this year he's also delivered in attack, having scored a personal and fantasy tier best three goals to date.
"But when the players played, they all did well".
Spurs have shown battling qualities this season too.
Is there a downside to this English success?
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez in the first leg at Old Trafford were only enough for a 2-2 draw, but Cristiano Ronaldo's screamer in Portugal sent them through to the semis.