EPL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp relished Manchester City clash on New Year's Eve

Updated: 03 January, 2017 11:55 IST | AFP |

After Liverpool's 4-1 demolition of Stoke, Reds manager Klopp relishing 'special' clash with title-contenders Manchester City on New Year's eve

Liverpool players celebrate a goal during an English Premier League match against Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images

London: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to pitting his wits against Pep Guardiola again after seeing the Reds fight back to beat Stoke City 4-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp

The Reds moved back above Manchester City into second place in the table, and to within six points of leaders Chelsea, after claiming their third consecutive win. The win, secured thanks to goals by Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and a Giannelli Imbula own goal, set Liverpool up nicely for their New Year's Eve home clash with City, whose manager was in the Anfield crowd doing a spot of scouting. "I'm not sure whether he watched a lot of games in the last few weeks in other stadiums. That is the first sign it is a special game and we are already looking forward to it," Klopp said.

The German admitted that it can be difficult to go to see opposition teams in action these days because EPL managers risk spending more time signing autographs than watching games. "I respect them a lot also but I have not been at their stadium. Maybe he just wants to watch good football," he joked. "It's a difficult game for both teams but exciting and the best thing is it's at Anfield. They are an outstanding side and we are not too bad," Klopp added.

First Published: 29 December, 2016 09:21 IST

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