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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team have the perfect opportunity to strike back in a clash with Manchester United that he has labelled ‘THE game’.

Jurgen Klopp feels Liverpool have the perfect chance to strike back against Manchester United

Liverpool have won just five times at Old Trafford since 1990 and only one of those triumphs have come since 2004; their last victory, a 3-0 blitzing in March 2014, was the catalyst for an assault on the title that came up just short. The stakes around this latest meeting are huge. Liverpool would go three points clear at the top of table but, for all that Klopp does not want to get caught up in the hype, it would mean so much more in terms of the impetus it would provide. Klopp is carefully managing his squad and is not placing any extra demands on them in terms of ramping up what is at stake. He appreciates, however, that this is not really an ordinary fixture and hopes it inspires Liverpool to produce their most compelling performance of .

Klopp  is looking for Liverpool to produce their most compelling performance of 2019

‘If we would see it like a lot of people see it, that it is THE game, that is too much pressure on everybody,’ said Klopp. ‘You cannot do it like that… If we lose the game – and I don’t think about losing the game – then we are still level on points with Manchester City. That is the worst thing that can happen. The only thing people can make of it is that we are not in a very good moment and other teams are in a good moment. You always have to strike back from different things in a season, from a draw, from a win that we were not convincing. We have a chance to play an outstanding last period of the season, with one of the most difficult games as the start.

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Klopp outlined his admiration for legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

‘You play away at Manchester United and even if we are 20 points ahead of them, there is no guarantee we will win it because it’s Manchester United. There is always a reason why they especially want to beat us. Now it is a really big one. I know that, I respect that. You think it is only a big game for Manchester United? If you go in our dressing room they are all long enough here and if you are not long enough here the other guys will tell you. That’s the massive thing. Everybody knows in that Manchester United against Liverpool is one of the biggest games in world . We have to prepare for that and still play a game.’

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Klopp was sounded out by Manchester United about the prospect of becoming their manager and Sir Alex Ferguson felt the German would be perfectly suited to the role in 2014 but the move never appealed to him. What is clear, though, is the respect and admiration Klopp has for Ferguson. I always admired him,’ said Klopp. ‘From a distance, it’s easy. I’m not sure how it would have been if I was here 20 years at Liverpool and you always have this battle all the time then maybe it’s different because he was a very competitive guy saying some things before he played against Liverpool. I’m pretty sure when he was in charge he didn’t want us to be successful. Maybe he doesn’t want that now but the opinion is probably not that strong anymore because he said already a couple of times, I heard, that he likes what we are doing here. That’s the thing. He is a fantastic person.’

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Champions League: UEFA reacts as CAS overturns Man City’s ban

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UEFA has reacted to the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), to overturn Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions.

The ruling means City will play in the Champions League next season.

The former English champions have also had their fine reduced from £25million to £8.9million.

City had been banned by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, but have had the decision overturned by CAS.

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However, a statement from European ’s governing body on Monday, showed they were not happy with what they see as many of City’s alleged breaches being “time-barred.”

“UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations.

“Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA remain committed to its principles,” part of UEFA’s statement read.

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Champions League: What CAS verdict on Man City’s ban means for Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal

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On Monday morning, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), overturned Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League.

UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in February, handed the ban to the Etihad club, claiming it had breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 and 2016.

CAS in a statement explained that “Manchester City FC did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions, but did fail to cooperate with the Uefa authorities.”

It further reduced City’s original fine of 30m euros (£26.9m) to 10m euros.

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Beyond the lifting of suspension and reduction of fines, today’s verdict has different implications for some of the top clubs in the Premier League.

First, it means that only two Champions League slots are available in England now, with champions Liverpool and City already qualified.

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, now means they cannot qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition officially.

However, Manchester United can make a late run for the top four places, if they continue their fine run of form with a win over Southampton on Monday night.

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Chelsea were humiliated 3-0 by Sheffield United last week, but Leicester’s 4-1 defeat against Bournemouth has given them fresh optimism.

The Foxes are now obvious candidates to drop out of the race for Champions League places altogether, especially with their tricky run-in.

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