Jurgen Klopp is calling on Liverpool fans – even the guys selling hot dogs – to roar his side to victory against Manchester City and deliver an early punch in the Premier League title race
- Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool can feed on a red-hot atmosphere at Anfield
- The Reds can win by four points over Pep Guardiola on Sunday
- City broke their 18-year-old hoodoo at Anfield in an empty stadium last February
Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool supporters to shout to victory against Manchester City on Sunday.
City broke their 18-year-old hoodoo at Anfield with a 4-1 win last February in an empty stadium.
But Klopp believes Liverpool can feed on a red-hot atmosphere to deliver an early punch in the Premier League title race.
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool can feed on a red-hot atmosphere at Anfield on Sunday
The Liverpool boss begged fans – and ‘even the guys selling hot dogs’ – to get behind his team as they tried to get a four-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.
“There is a huge difference at Anfield, with or without fans, so let’s set a new level with them,” Klopp said.
“The fans have been exceptional since they’ve been back – I’ve loved every second of it. Everyone in the stadium knows that it only makes sense if we all do it together.
Klopp has urged Liverpool supporters to shout to victory against Manchester City
“Let’s try it all together and be as strong a unit as possible.”
Guardiola insists City will embrace the stadium at full capacity as they aim to support last Saturday’s win at Stamford Bridge.
Before last season, Guardiola had taken just one point from his four league trips to Liverpool. “I’m sure the players would rather play with fans at Anfield than without,” he said. ‘
‘We can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere there. Hopefully we can deal with it in a good way.’
Pep Guardiola had just one point from four trips to Anfield last season for the win
When initially asked about the lack of fans that may have played a part in last season’s win, Guardiola laughed. “You destroyed my happiness because you don’t appreciate what we did last season. I will never forgive you!’
City dominated Chelsea last Saturday when Thomas Tuchel’s team failed to get a shot on target before being defeated by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday despite controlling the game. Guardiola revealed he had never been happier with his squad, given the circumstances surrounding their start to the season.
“We have reached a high level in recent weeks,” he said. “Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden only trained for two weeks, important players were injured and we came back late. How we overcame situations is so good.
“It makes me happier than ever because I know how hard it is.”