With Manchester City 18 points ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League, it would be easy to see why they would be considered runaway favourites in their upcoming Last 16 Champions League tie. "Mane and Firmino, all three, they are nearly unstoppable".
City boss Pep Guardiola conceded that stopping the dynamite trio will be a almost impossible task, noting that the Reds have goals in them all over the pitch.
Goalkeeper: Loris KariusKarius played in the Premier League over the weekend. No problem with respecting that, but we all know, in this game, it doesn't mean too much.
Oh, how the tables have turned on one Mr. Jose Mourinho, who just last month said something nearly identical about Liverpool, Man United's other bitter rivals. "If we are not able, congratulations Liverpool and next season we will be back stronger but we are going to try".
Meanwhile, Liverpool brushed FC Porto aside after a 5-0 victory in the first leg followed by a draw.
He joked: "6-0 will be good". That is going to happen. Always the result is the outcome.
De Bruyne said: "I think for the fans it would be wonderful".
City's all-time leading goalscorer underwent specialist training during the club's warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi in a bid to be ready for the quarter-final first-leg clash at Anfield. The Champions League is where Guardiola's focus should be.
'We will see. Still he didn't train, ' Guardiola said.
Rather than leaving that condition hanging in the air he quickly stressed that Liverpool's task is "unbelievably difficult". 'Hopefully he is much better. Hopefully he can help us. Maybe not in the beginning but maybe the bench. "When we coached at Bayern and Dortmund respectively, that difference was really big", he said.
The Catalan revealed following Saturday's victory at Goodison Park that all of his decisions over the next 10 days will be made with both games against Liverpool in mind. It is 180 minutes.
Klopp's "gegenpressing" style, honed at Borussia Dortmund, involves a rapid swarming of opponents' territory when they lose the ball, and a high defence to limit space and make good use of high-energy attacking full backs.