Liverpool needs to be at 110 per cent to beat Manchester City – Klopp

Manchester City travels to Liverpool having lost its last three meetings with the Reds, but Jurgen Klopp insists he has no magic formula.

Roberto Firmino celebrates a goal for Liverpool against Manchester City in the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between the two teams.   -  Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp rates Manchester City as one of the "strongest teams in world football" and acknowledges Liverpool will need to be at "110 per cent" to beat them.

Reigning Premier League champion City travels to Anfield for a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday, with the two sides locked on 19 points at the summit.

Liverpool has won each of the teams' last three meetings in all competitions, beating it 4-3 at home in the top flight before running out a 3-0 and 2-1 victor in the Champions League.

But, despite that impressive run following the 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in September 2017, Klopp is adamant he has not stumbled upon a formula that guarantees a win over City.

He said: "We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think, 'Now we know how to beat them.'

"City never lose their focus. They have all my respect for sure. We have to be really spot on, at our best to keep them away from our goal and to be a threat ourselves.

"It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it. We need to be 100 per cent if not 110 per cent to beat City.

"It's a home game against Man City, they are all tough. Even the 3-0 in the Champions League was tough, and in the 4-3 they were really good.

"They had won 60, 70 games in a row, or that's how it felt. They never gave up and we had to score exceptional goals to win. Even at 4-1 [down] they never gave up.

"They are one of the strongest teams in world football, but in an outstanding stadium, with fantastic supporters against a really good football team, which we are, let's try again."

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