By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City is the most important moment of his Liverpool career.
Liverpool edged past Augsburg to progress into the next round of the Europa League thanks to an early penalty from James Milner on Thursday night.
Klopp’s side now face a daunting turnaround with the cup final on Sunday and he was asked after the game if he thinks this week will be remembered as the defining moment of his time as Liverpool manager.
He said: “Hopefully not at the end when we look back and I leave Liverpool in years to come, but at the moment, yes, of course.”
City breezed past FC Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win in the Champions League and will have the added benefit of an extra days rest compared to Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge were taken off with twenty minutes left to play against Augsburg as Klopp kept one eye on the showdown with City.
With the two teams desperate to add some silverware to their disappointing seasons, Klopp is wary of the threat of a resurgent City.
“It’s important. We now have Manchester City and we saw them yesterday in Kiev,” said Klopp.
“They played really good and we haven’t seen them play that well too often this season.
“They played with a positivity and an aggressiveness and were really in the game. They played like we did tonight. They were concentrated on the job they had to do.
“Now they have seen our game, they will know we are ready too.”