Jurgen Klopp on Erling Haaland: "When he was young.. "

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Jurgen Klopp on Erling Haaland: "When he was young.. "

Liverpool and Manchester City will play a derby at Anfield. Although Liverpool is far from City, the season is long, and some believe that Liverpool can still compete for the very top, and even the title. Pep Guardiola still considers Liverpool the biggest competitor; "Always have been,"
"Because I know the quality they have.

If it was like this with 10 games left I would say I don't think they can catch but now anything can happen.
"At Anfield, winning or losing we always play with big personality. You have to behave at top, top level (at Anfield), especially off the ball, for second balls many many things."

- he said, as quoted by eurosport.com It is still not known whether Erling Haaland is ready for the match; "I don't know if it's revolutionary," Pep said. "He's one of the best so far there's no doubt about that.

He is who he is as a football player with his movement and his pace and his potential." Jurgen Klopp also commented on Erling Haaland: "When (Haaland) was very young, you could see the potential, it was insane," he said.
"Physically he sets new standards, the combination of being really physical and technical and sensational awareness, his orientation on the pitch is exceptional, he knows always where the decisive gaps are, barely offside.
"Now at City he has some of the best players in the world at setting up goals - De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo Silva, - so it's a perfect fit.
"Obviously when you play against somebody at the moment who is the best striker in the world you have to make sure he doesn't get that many balls.
"That's what we will try but obviously against City the problem is if you close Haaland down with too many players you open up gaps for all the other world class players.
"So that will not make life easier, it's a challenge, it's a football problem and we will try to find a solution."


His contract expires in 2023. "As you know I'm not thinking one second about that," he said. "Two or three weeks before the World Cup this [games] is the most important thing." Klopp is aware of the importance of the match and how difficult City is as an opponent.

"When you play City, results left and right [before and after] are not really important because this game requires all your focus, all the things you know about football.
"I enjoy preparing for the game but it is the biggest challenge you can face in football.
"With City, if you can close them down here, they are there, close down that gap, you open up that gap, so always a challenge.
"But it's a home game, Anfield, us against Man City, they are at the moment the best team in the world but we will give it a try, knowing we can get help from a full Anfield and we will try to use that."