Klopp backs under-fire Guardiola

Leicester v Sevilla match report

Yes we know that we can be hard to play in games like this but we have to be at our best to get anything there because they are strong, they are good, and if you get a little bit passive they play you around.

Tiemoue Bakayokos superb header fired Monaco into the Champions League quarterfinals as 3-1 victory condemned Pep Guardiolas Manchester City to a painful exit on away goals.

Guardiola said beforehand that attack was the best way to defend their 5-3 advantage, but they did precious little of it in the first half.

"We would've liked to score more goals, but I'm delighted to be in Wembley for the semi-finals".

With Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling all in fine form, the home side have enough quality to trouble the Reds, especially if they're unable to improve on last week's efforts against Burnley.

The first is Philippe Coutinho, who was the star of the show when Liverpool registered their first big success under Klopp at the Etihad in late 2015.

Klopp added: "I like to speak positively about a player, second half Emre was very good but first half it was a challenge he should have had before their goal but things like that happen in football, it does not make you a bad person". Yes it's a really important moment in the season but I don't think we should involve this kind of pressure in the game. I did it all my career in that way. It is the first ugly game we won.

All three goals City conceded raised questions about their defence, particularly the victor, when Tiemoue Bakayoko was allowed to rise unchallenged to head home Thomas Lemar's free-kick 13 minutes from time.

The Reds boss spent much of his Friday briefing singing the praises of the under-fire City boss, claiming those lining up to criticise the Spaniard and his methods will be proved wrong in time. Today was not about that. The problem in the first half is we didn't create against Monaco and that's what I'm most anxious about. Our strength is to be aggressive with and without the ball. "That's why we are out".

"It's okay if you look at the attacking play, the technical skill and the way Guardiola wants to play, with a goalkeeper playing out from the back", the 65-year-old Swede, who spent a year at City as assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson, said.

Leicester City are now the only English team remaining in the last eight of the Champions League this season.

Asked whether he would be more defensive against Liverpool, Guardiola said: "No, no".

"The competition is so demanding".

"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay".

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