Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants Liverpool to be knocked out the Champions League when they take on Bayern Munich this evening.
Liverpool head into the match – which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT – knowing they only need to score once without conceding to progress into the competition’s quarter-finals.
Bayern were held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture, and Jurgen Klopp’s side have the advantage of a potential away goals victory, with any score draw also taking Liverpool into the next round.
Should Liverpool reach the last eight, they will be the fourth English team to qualify for that stage of the tournament, following Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City – who became the third Premier League side into the last eight with Tuesday’s thrashing of Schalke.
It will be quite some feat for every English side to make it into the last eight, but Guardiola, who masterminded City’s victory, wants Liverpool knocked out of Europe this evening.
“I’m sorry for the English people but I want Bayern to go through,” said Guardiola, who spent three years in charge of the Bundesliga club. “I am big fan, I am part of this club.
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“I love Munich, Bayern and all the people. I would like Bayern to go through but it will not be easy.”
Leroay Sane was City’s star performer on Tuesday evening, scoring once and creating a further three goals to torment his former club.
That came after the Germany international also scored a superb free-kick equaliser as City came from behind in the first leg in Gelsenkirchen.
But, asked if Sane was at his best, Guardiola said: “No. After the first goal, yes. Before, no. He was not aggressive enough in the first 20 minutes.
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“I like when he runs and goes. If he loses the ball, it doesn’t matter. It is the same with Raheem (Sterling) but they are young.
“I know it is tough for Leroy, he doesn’t play every game, but after 20 minutes he was then outstanding for the goal and the assists.
“He is a player we know has incredible qualities. It is difficult to find around the world a player with the qualities he has.”