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City should fear us in heavyweight Euro tie, warns Klopp

Big shout: Jurgen Klopp feels his Reds are a match for City
Big shout: Jurgen Klopp feels his Reds are a match for City

By Jim van Wijk

Premier League leaders Manchester City will not relish the prospect of facing Liverpool for a place in the Champions League semi-finals, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The Premier League duo were the last pair out in Friday's quarter-final draw in Nyon, which also saw holders Real Madrid given a tie against Juventus, last season's beaten finalists who knocked out Tottenham this term.

Anfield will stage the first leg of the all-English quarter-final on April 4, with the second leg to be played on April 10 at the Etihad Stadium.

The two clubs have already played each other twice in the English top flight this season - with the Reds inflicting City's only Premier League defeat so far.

City strolled to a 5-0 home win over Liverpool in September, with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane both scoring twice after Sadio Mane had been sent off.

Liverpool gained revenge at Anfield in January when they inflicted what so far has been the only Premier League defeat for leaders City, who were beaten 4-3 and needed two late goals to add respectability to the final scoreline.

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain was in Switzerland for the draw, and afterwards admitted the tie was "a very difficult one".

Klopp took questions on the European fixture as he spoke ahead of today's Premier League home game against Watford.

The German said: "I think it is an absolute dream draw - for all Manchester United fans. I really don't mind.

"I knew it would be difficult and that is difficult. The good news is for Manchester City it will be difficult as well.

"I saw Txiki Begiristain's face after the draw - and it didn't look like it was Christmas and Easter on the same day."

Elsewhere in yesterday's quarter-final draw, La Liga leaders Barcelona were drawn to face Roma.

Sevilla's reward for victory over Manchester United was a clash with German giants Bayern Munich.

Arsenal will play Russian club CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners booked their place in the last eight by defeating AC Milan, winning the second leg 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening to seal a 5-1 aggregate victory.

In the other quarter-final ties following Friday's draw in Nyon, Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon, RB Leipzig tackle Marseille and Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg.

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