Klopp says Salah is doubtful for Champions League tie against Man City

Ian Wright

GETTYIan Wright thinks Manchester City need to get off to a fast start against Liverpool

"If City score first in the second leg, it will be game on and Klopp and his player have to ensure they don't give Pep Guardiola's men a sniff in this tie now".

"There is no ideal football team in the world".

He told a pre-match news conference: "Of course, to go through you have to make nearly the flawless game, create a lot of chances, be clinical, and the chances we're going to receive, defend well and the keeper save it".

"But we still need to show it, be ready for a fight, ready for a big game".

"It is a tough moment for all teams in football, for us as well. we won the first leg and then we had to go to Everton".

"It may be that Klopp is forced to start one of Solanke or Ings in the second leg against City, as he will not want to upset the balance of his team by making wholesale changes, but he needs to get it right because this tie could still go either way".

"It is nice to play in that stadium where you were for a couple of years and didn't get a first-team appearance - at least I get to play now", said the German, who spent two seasons at City between 2009 and 2011 as a teenager but only played for the under-18s and under-21s.

Liverpool's forward line looked far less potent in the absence of Salah and a rested Roberto Firmino, with Aldridge suggesting Klopp needs his star men back quickly if his side are to have any chance of winning the Champions League.

"We played them a few times this season".

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"We have the chance to go to the next round but I don't think we are already through".

Guardiola reiterated it may be too soon for City to win the Champions League, but acknowledged how important overcoming Liverpool in the quarter-finals could prove to his desire for long-term success. Many times we have created a lot of chances in a short period.

"In all the clubs in the world you need a lot of time".

"We have to keep calm and try to score ourselves because then they need to score five and that's not easy against us".

"To reach the semi-final would be for the second time in our handsome history". My team is extraordinary, it's not comparable to many others.

"I bet Barcelona don't think they are through against [Roma]".

Sergio Aguero missed the first leg at Anfield but made a return to action in the Manchester derby this weekend and will likely be given the nod to start by Guardiola.

City have now conceded six goals in their last two games following the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

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