Klopp, Manchester City react to Champions League draw

Date published: Friday 16th March 2018 12:24

Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City have offered their reactions to Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

The draw for the last eight pits Premier League rivals Liverpool and City against one another, with Anfield hosting the first leg before the return at the Etihad a week later.

Liverpool and City have placed each other twice already this season, and both boast a victory.

Klopp is not surprised to be facing a fellow English side in Europe.

“I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really,” he told Liverpoolfc.com

“It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go.

“We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.

“We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona – but thank God it’s football and nothing is decided.

“We have a few games to play until then, but I am really looking forward to it and we will give it everything.”

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain was rather less impressed with the draw, but is looking forward to seeing “good football”.

“It’s a very difficult one. We like to travel and to go to another country in the Champions League but it is what it is,” said Begiristain.

“We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is it is going to be a great couple of games and we are going to see good football.”

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