Liverpool must not sit on Champions League lead: Van Dijk


Goalkeeper Loris Karius insists he is living the dream playing for Liverpool in a Champions League quarter-final.

"We see what happens".

Following City's defeat at Anfield, they fail an uphill task of making the Champions League semi-final.

Fernandinho admits City will have to walk something of a tightrope tomorrow night as conceding one goal will leave them having to score five. I'm only happy with the clean sheet. We need a strong mentality and we need goals.

Asked whether it was a case of United being that much better in the second half or tiredness from Anfield creeping into the City side, the Brazil global retorted: "I don't agree with you because if you see the statistics of the game, you analyse the game, we had the ball possession, we had the control".

"We started the game really well, but we must return to the pitch as soon as possible because on Tuesday we have another big challenge to overcome a result. But when you play against Liverpool or in Europe when you have that momentum you have to close the door".

"They have so much quality, they are going to win the league, we know their strengths, we know their weaknesses", the Dutch defender said.

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"Our fans will be together with us, and we are going to fight to the end". That was tough but for the rest of the game we were so, so good.

"Beating Barca (last season) was so special because we know they're the best team in the world but it will happen sooner or later".

"Sometimes we need to play better, myself as well, but you can't deny that some legs are a bit exhausted".

Despite losing back-to-back games, though, Guardiola claims that there are positives to take from the display produced by his players ahead of the second leg against Liverpool. Barcelona, 0-0 after 77 minutes; 90, 3-0.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will issue an injury update when he faces the media at lunchtime.

But it is clear that Klopp's side have a few critics.