Karius living the dream at Liverpool ahead of Champions League tie

Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes against Everton on Saturday but he is now looking ahead

Liverpool FC are aiming to finish in the top four for the second season running this term as they bid to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

Guardiola accepts City will have to find a delicate balance between defence and attack against Liverpool and only a flawless performance will be enough to see them progress to the semi finals.

"But we have 90 minutes and like in any sport, basketball and football anything can happen".

City were eliminated last season in the last 16 by Monaco and it would be a disappointment for them to fail to make the last four after such a dominant season domestically.

"My running numbers are pretty consistent throughout the year, we get them regularly but I think it was slightly higher the other night (against City)", he said.

Karius has kept six clean sheets in his last seven Champions League matches but knows the trip to the Etihad is likely to present the toughest challenge to his recent good record. We need a strong mentality and we need goals.

"To go through we have to make nearly the ideal game, "Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference". We will go from the first minute for that. "But when you play against Liverpool or in Europe when you have that momentum you have to close the door".

"It's true the third goal he has to defend his back, but we are here in the quarter-finals and 13 points in front in the Premier League and Nico is an important reason why".

That gives Liverpool hope of snatching an away goal which would require City to score five on Tuesday, but the first priority is to keep their opponents at bay for as long as possible.

"Our fans will be together with us, and we are going to fight to the end". Of course we know two defeats are not easy but that happens to the best teams in the world.

"I am happy I am a Liverpool player and that's about it".

But it is clear that Klopp's side have a few critics.

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