Klopp: FA Cup success wouldn’t silence critics

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They were so excited, and I am happy for them.

Manchester City suffered three defeats in four Premier League games in December before meeting Liverpool, and their poor performances were rightly a cause of concern.

"The quicker they go out of these competitions [FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup], the more of an unbelievable chance they have to win the Premier League".

Tottenham's back-up options are arguably the most limited but City's recent three defeats came when they failed to cope without key starters such as Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne. The question for the rest of the league season is which City we are going to see, working on the assumption that Liverpool will remain fairly consistent.

Wolves have won more games in this fixture (50) than the Reds (35) in their history, with the sides drawing just 17 times.

Yet to win silverware at the helm of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp feels the critics may only be silenced by a Premier League title. It will be much tougher in the summer with plenty of clubs likely to be sniffing around a player who is clearly destined for big things and given the situation Liverpool find themselves in, it would make flawless sense to do a deal now. "We can use that to our advantage and we'll look forward to the games ahead now".

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"Yes we lost 2-1 but no-one would have been surprised if it was a draw and with a little bit of luck we could have won the game", said Klopp.

"That's how you have to play against City, in the moment when you get the ball you have to make the best of it". Wolves will provide a tough challenge indeed but Liverpool have enough to overcome them. Michael's Prediction: "Manchester City 5-0 Rotherham United".. Youngster Curtis Jones is another option if Klopp wants to give the youngster a chance to impress.

City have not been noted in the Guardiola years for physical intensity and, though it brought a result in an important game, it was slightly odd to see the manager adapt his principles so significantly.

"They'll be trying to create an upset and we know these difficulties but we need to be strong in this situation".

"In France, it's also a big tradition with the French Cup and we know, for all the teams playing in different leagues, it a fantastic opportunity to play against a professional, Premier League team".