Published: Tue, April 03, 2018

Liverpool's Van Dijk relishing Man City test in Champions League

Liverpool's Van Dijk relishing Man City test in Champions League

In rainy south London, Liverpool trailed when Luka Milivojevic drove struggling Palace into a 13th-minute lead from the penalty spot after Loris Karius fouled Wilfried Zaha. "We are having a positive season and we still have the FA Cup to come".

"(We knew we needed to) move the the ball quicker, keep going, keep getting the ball into the box and creating chances because we know we can score goals. Mane, Firmino - all three are nearly unstoppable. "You have to try and make a good performance there for the second leg".

West Ham are five points above the relegation zone, while Southampton drop into the bottom three.

Should Mane have been sent off?

How much do you know about Jurgen Klopp's first 100 games in charge of Liverpool? He had beaten James McArthur with an excellent dummy, and had time to pick an option in the box or maybe even shoot himself, but instead inexplicably flung himself to the ground. Most of the times it is a outcome of what you have done.

Referee Neil Swarbrick awarded it to the hosts, which should have meant that Mane received his marching orders due to an intentional handball.

However, one man who doesn't agree with that theory is former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam and his reasoning is likely to cause quite a stir.

Liverpool remain the only team to beat them in the Premier League this season despite different tactics being used against them by various clubs.

There is no doubt that Liverpool's 19-year-old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is a talented and promising player, but he faces a huge challenge up against the speed and skill of City's German left winger Leroy Sané.

His heroics are not confined to Liverpool either, he is of course a national hero in his native Egypt, where the whole country tunes in to watch him play in the Premier League.

"But it is the quarter-finals of the Champions League so we can not expect, at that level, that something is going to be easy".

"But they have been much more consistent - that's why they are top".

"I think Mo has made strides forward within this team through the way in which the team play and the way the other lads interact with him on the pitch", he told UEFA's official website.

The England global had been a key player in Klopp's first two seasons in charge and worked his way back into contention for Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.

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