Jurgen Klopp on the game vs Manchester City: Biggest challenge ever

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Jurgen Klopp on the game vs Manchester City: Biggest challenge ever

Jurgen Klopp is cautious before the match with Manchester City, and his greatest fear will be Erling Haaland. "When (Haaland) was very young, you could see the potential, it was insane," he said for eurosport.com. "Physically he sets new standards, the combination of being really physical and technical and sensational awareness, his orientation on the pitch is exceptional, he knows always where the decisive gaps are, barely offside.
"Now at City he has some of the best players in the world at setting up goals - De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo Silva, - so it's a perfect fit.
"Obviously when you play against somebody at the moment who is the best striker in the world you have to make sure he doesn't get that many balls.
"That's what we will try but obviously against City the problem is if you close Haaland down with too many players you open up gaps for all the other world class players.
"So that will not make life easier, it's a challenge, it's a football problem and we will try to find a solution."

Jurgen Klopp on the match

Klopp is aware of the importance of this match, even though the difference in points is currently large.

However, Liverpool will not give up. "When you play City, results left and right [before and after] are not really important because this game requires all your focus, all the things you know about football.
"I enjoy preparing for the game but it is the biggest challenge you can face in football.
"With City, if you can close them down here, they are there, close down that gap, you open up that gap, so always a challenge.
"But it's a home game, Anfield, us against Man City, they are at the moment the best team in the world but we will give it a try, knowing we can get help from a full Anfield and we will try to use that."

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