Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany doesn’t think his team will be negatively affected by the raucous atmosphere they can expect at Anfield next week.
City travel to to our ground for the first leg of a mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal next Wednesday, with Anfield set to be at its brilliant best – especially after these comments and the fact City have complained about the planned ‘welcome’ for their team bus.
“It is part of playing football at this level, I think we’ll be okay…” he said, reported in the Echo.
“Everyone can see what Liverpool are about. They are a very hard-working team, they have goalscoring threats all over the pitch, not just the main guys.
“They have strengthened defensively. They are definitely further along as a team than they were earlier in the season and you can see it in the way they’ve been playing recently.
“But that’s what we enjoy to play against. There’s a lot to say about our team as well.”
Kompany’s comments are fair, but he’s never played against Liverpool at Anfield on a European night.
It can do funny things – just ask Borussia Dortmund’s players about 2016.
Jurgen Klopp has yet to lose a two-legged European tie since taking charge of Liverpool in 2015, although we’re yet to come up a side as good as City, either.
Kompany himself has history of struggling at cauldron Anfield, too. In 2014, his failed clearance saw Coutinho score and Liverpool beat City 3-2, making us heavy favourites for the title.
Of course, we couldn’t convert the chance. But one day under Klopp, we will!