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Manchester City success judged on winning Champions League - Guardiola

16 March 2019

Jürgen Klopp's faith in the continued improvement of his Liverpool squad means he does not envisage spending big money on reinforcements this summer.

That significant investment has paid dividends, with Liverpool boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League so far as they go toe-to-toe with Manchester City for the title.

Klopp's Liverpool are fighting for Premier League and Champions League silverware after splashing the cash on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri in the off-season.

It's been an incredibly successful couple weeks for the Premier League with four clubs qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals (Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham) and two others making the Europa League quarterfinals (Arsenal and Chelsea).

Klopp, though, does not think the Merseysiders will be breaking any transfer records this time around. "We are doing well, we are having a good season and we are in a good place now in the sense of the football that we are playing".

While European honours may have eluded Bayern again, they remain firmly in the hunt for a seventh-successive Bundesliga title ahead of Sunday's visit of Mainz, while they are through to the last eight of the German Cup. "That will not happen this year, for sure".

City face a hectic schedule following next week's worldwide break, including three games against Tottenham in the space of just 11 days. "I think the steps are really obvious but it is still about a natural confidence".

"When I spoke with my chairman, CEO, sporting director, the people here working know, and they give credit for what we have done in the last two seasons". We have to win the final and if not it will be a disaster.' It will be a disaster when you don't do what you have to do - [that is] put in absolutely everything to try it.

"We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past - and he always speaks with so much respect for that club".

"I want them to come back as quickly as possible, to get back to the routine", he said.

Manchester City success judged on winning Champions League - Guardiola