Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on November 10, 2019.
"We have to play them [Man City] again and we don't care about the table or whatever, we just try to do the right things in the specific games and if we can do that, then we are good but we need the boys for that and we have to hope they stay fit".
Klopp, who has taken a dig at City's "tactical fouling", drew a line under the verbal sparring on Thursday (Nov 7) in an interview with Sky Sports television. Liverpool won the game 3-1.More news: Australia snub Stosur for Fed Cup singles, pick Tomljanovic
Anfield on Sunday thinking I'm going to lose the game.
"I couldn't have more respect for Pep Guardiola, that's how it is. That's the only way I believe we can do it, not just at Anfield but all the stadiums around the world".
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But the Reds are facing a daunting run of games, playing every few days from after the global break until the new year, and Klopp says every Premier League point amassed so far will be needed to help them through that period. "I want to compete for titles and to be the best, and to do that you have to win against the best".
Bernardo Silva pulled a late goal back but a third defeat in eight league games leaves City down in fourth, nine points behind Liverpool, and with a mountain to climb if they are to claim a third straight league title. "If you want to win against City, you will not score easy goals so you have to make it kind of special and defend with all you have and that's what we did". And then we will see what the situation is. Therefore, we've rounded up everything you might have missed from yesterday into one place. "I'm really looking forward to it, but the discussions around I'm not part of".
"The big games are the ones you want to play, and if you want to compete for titles you have to be the best", he said.More news: Germany marks 30th anniversary of Wall's end
"In the last couple of years, we've gained a lot of respect for each other, not that I didn't have respect for City and Pep Guardiola teams already. I expect a tight game".