Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side are still likely to face Manchester City at some point but insisted the club have other fixtures to focus on at the end of the season as well. Liverpool face Manchester City twice in the space of a week in April.
Liverpool made an away trip to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, but the Championship side were arguably the better side with only Roberto FirminoThe chipped effort causing problems for the home side. Philip Zinckernagel had the best chance of the game in the final quarter but missed from eight yards out.
However, Diogo Jota made sure to convert the opposition’s inability to score by latching on to a Kostas Tsimikas cross and slotting the ball home for the winner in the 78th minute. Reds win sets them up for high-stakes doubles semi-final at Wembley against title rivals Manchester City in April, the weekend after facing the English champions in the league. Klopp insisted his side need to focus on multiple fronts in their hunt for silverware at the end of the season and warned against fixation on City.
“We have Watford, Benfica, City, Benfica, City, United, Everton (after the international break). From Liverpool’s perspective, these are all massive games and we try to play them one at a time and not all together. We knew before the game that City would be the opponents if we still wanted to go to the final,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the game.
“Now here we go. The further you get in the competition, the more likely you are to face City at some point. I don’t think we’re the dream draw for anyone, but it’s going to be a tough game and we have to make sure it’s tough for City as well. But there are a lot of games to play before that,” he added.
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