How Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp got it right against Man City

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GETTY Liverpool stormed to a 3-0 win in the first leg at Anfield

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct following during Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Liverpool.

Tuesday's game was the 26-year-old's 51st appearance of the season, including 14 in January and February, with 12 of them starts.

It is understood that Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred, Napoli's Jean-Michel Seri and Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl are the club's top midfield targets who would each be expected to set the club back £40m or more.

City's owners - speeding towards a £1billion outlay on Project Pep - certainly do not expect to lose a Champions League quarter-final to Liverpool 5-1 on aggregate.

The Egypt star scored his 38th goal of a remarkable campaign prior to leaving the field and is his side's 13/2 (7.50) favourite to break the deadlock in this clash, or 6/4 (2.50) to strike anytime.

Guardiola said at the time he could understand Chelsea's frustration, and it is not difficult now to recognise his own. To achieve these results you need this investment.

The case will be heard on 31 May.

The Spaniard's current contract expires at the end of next term.

Sadio Mane has not scored more goals against any other side than the five he has hit versus City, making odds of 11/4 (3.75) seem particularly generous on him firing past Ederson for the third successive encounter.

Runaway Premier League leaders City have conceded eight goals in those three games and threw away a two-goal lead in the Manchester derby which they lost 3-2 to visiting United.

"After that we managed to keep the ball on the sides". From my point of view (and for full disclosure I am a City fan) it was a goal.

It would be easy to say with the benefit of hindsight that everyone knew Barcelona were in a vulnerable position and that their shocking capitulation at Roma was on the cards.

With a modicum of competence from officials - and/or, it must be said, better finishing from Raheem Sterling - City might by now have the league trophy on the sideboard and the satisfaction of at least giving Liverpool a run for their money.

It was the first sign Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had worked out how to rattle and beat Guardiola in England as well as in Germany.

His obsession to detail was illustrated last week when he was spotted methodically lining up reporters' recording devices in front of him at his press conference.

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