Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team are focused on facing Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Saturday and not Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final clash on Tuesday.
Klopp, who will be celebrating his 100th game in charge of the Reds in Saturday’s match, also praised Roy Hodgson for the tremendous job he has been doing at Palace.
“I saw their (Palace’s) 95 minutes v Man United. They are in a good shape. Roy is doing a fantastic job there. It was the most difficult job to take with nil points, nil goals,” Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Friday.
“Man City will be very important but not in this moment. We are playing Crystal Palace – that’s where all our concentration is.
“It was a really good time and I enjoyed it. If we had won one or two of the finals we played it would have been nicer. We are prepared for the future
Liverpool are currently third in the Premier League and will be without Joe Gomez due to an ankle injury but could welcome Nathaniel Clyne for the clash.
“After the initial shock, we got the best news we could get,” Klopp added.
“At the moment, it’s serious – and serious enough to rule him out for the next couple of games.
“But I think we will see Joe back on the pitch this season, it’s pretty sure, how it looks at the moment.
“Three of the most interesting full-backs are in our squad which is nice but they cannot always play together.
“Clyney is fit now which is good.”
Klopp added that nothing has been decided with the future of Emre Can at the club.
“It’s £250,000,” Klopp joked on how much Can reportedly demanded for to stay at the club.
“The situation is open. Nothing is decided so we are in talks with him and all good so far apart for that he hasn’t signed a contract for us. But OK. No problem with that.”