Liverpool are ready for ‘normal game’ against Manchester City

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that his side are ready for a normal game against Manchester City.

The ‘Normal’ One suggested that a state of normalcy in a City game means a really tough encounter especially away from home.

We are a very, very, very good football team: Klopp

Liverpool head into the clash with City seven points clear of their title rivals after banking a full house of points in December but don’t feel they should be favourites heading into the clash.

At his pre-match press conference Jurgen Klopp said: “It’s a normal game against Manchester City, a very difficult one.

“It’s one of the most difficult games you can play in the modern football world. We have felt that plenty of times. They are a really strong football team with an outstanding manager. We have to be prepared as well as possible.

“We have to be brave, we have to be full of desire, angry again, all that stuff – like in all the other games – but with the knowledge that the opponent is, for me, still the best team in the world.

“I said it weeks ago because it’s 100 per cent my opinion; the way they play and all the things they have achieved and the things they will achieve. Nothing changed, only the points changed, but not the preparation for the game.”

Klopp said that he hoped to keep the positivity around Anfield going and give the supporters something to cheer until the final day of the season. Klopp also dismissed any suggestion that Liverpool fans are already celebrating the title.

He added: “People like how the boys are performing and playing, and people love the results. But it’s a bit of lack of respect to think our fans want to celebrate now already.

“We created an atmosphere where people like the steps we make and they like being part of these steps. We are not the group we were 10 or 15 years ago, or even 20 years ago. The world changed, the football world changed; there are different opponents now, different challenges.

“We are in a really good position in that group of challengers, that was the first achievement. And the people are now really happy that it looks like there could be something special. The season so far is already special and they enjoyed it so far. If they are smart – and they are smart – we will enjoy it until the last matchday and then we will see what it brought.”

Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad on Thursday 3 January with kickoff at 22:00 (SAST).

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