Liverpool star Lallana reveals reasons for apology

Liverpool star Lallana reveals reasons for apology

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool (R) speaks to Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (L) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England.

However, Pep Guardiola's City got themselves back on level terms 21 minutes from time when striker Sergio Aguero turned home Kevin De Bruyne's outstanding cross, and although both sides pushed for a victor, the points had to be shared. Both sides like to attack and I think Liverpool's soft defence will prove to be the difference tomorrow so I'm backing Guardiola's men to edge it 2-1.

"The game [in December] was a great game from our side". A leaky defence has undermined the Reds' title challenge in recent months and they have now conceded more goals (36) than any of the other sides in the top seven. It's the second most number of spot-kick goals in a season by a Liverpool player, second only to Steven Gerrard's 10 strikes in the 2013-14 campaign.

A penalty was always likely in this game, played on a slick surface after pre-match rain, because of the last-ditch defending on show from both teams. It's not that I'm not satisfied; it's more that actually, I expect things like this from us. "I am so proud", said Guardiola, whose side were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco last week.

On the game against Manchester City and Milner's performance at left-back, stopping Raheem Sterling's run, Can said that it was always going to be hard to play against the England global but his team-mate did the job very well.

Phillipe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals against Manchester than any other team in the competition, however the young forward hasn't found the net since his side's 3-1 loss to Leicester last month.

"I didn't see [anything]". People don't talk too much.

Chelsea meanwhile perhaps need two or three players to slot into Antonio Conte's smooth-running machine before they can think about winning a second Champions League trophy.

"I would say Pep Guardiola's Barcelona squad was the flawless role model for a winning situation", Klopp said at a pre-match news conference.

If Liverpool can finish top four, they're one heck of an intriguing destination.

Lallana has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool first team, with his status as the Reds' most-improved player since Klopp's appointment in October 2015 rewarded recently with a bumper new deal.