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Jurgen Klopp praised the Liverpool team after the Reds came back from a goal down to beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Reds were carrying a three-goal lead from the first leg but things started disastrously when Gabriel Jesus scored after just two minutes. City dominated the first half but could not add to the scoreline.

A half-time team talk seems to have galvanised Liverpool and Mohamed Salah scored in the 56th minute to give us a crucial away goal before Roberto Firmino capped off a brilliant night for us with the second.

Speaking to BT Sport (h/t Evening Standard) after the game, Klopp stated that he was not happy with the first half performance and how we gave the goal away.

The German was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:

“City took all the risks they could take, we needed a bit of luck and a disciplined defending formation. I was not overly happy at half-time to be honest.

“He (Guardiola) took all the risks and it was his decision and it could’ve been the absolute right one, it’s easy to say afterwards. They could’ve scored two or three goals in the first half but it was 100% clear that if we win the ball we’d have an opportunity.

“The last situation in the first half was how you do the counter-attack and that’s how we scored the two goals. It’s not about perfection it’s about the result, the character, the mentality, really fighting for the result. We defended well, it’s not our best game but we deserved it at the end.”

The boss was also quoted by BBC Sport where he said that we had come through a whirlwind to win the game.

“The boys found a solution in the second half. We had two or three opportunities in the first half already, so it was easy for me and the boys to see the development of the game. We had come through the whirlwind.”

The Reds will now wait to see who their opponents in the semi-final would be and going by this performance, we should not be overly concerned about who we face as we look to reach the CL finals for the first time since 2007.

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(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”

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Liverpool have come up with another Bezzies video, this time focussing on Brazilian pair Alisson and Roberto Firmino.

We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.

It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.

The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.

The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.

There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.

Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.

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Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse

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Liverpool face tough competition for the signing of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sport Bild (h/t Mirror).

The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.

The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.

The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.

Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.

The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.

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We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.

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“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition

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Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.

We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):

“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.

“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.

“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”

Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.

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We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.

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