Kovac: Bayern can't compete with Europe's elite clubs

Kovac: Bayern can't compete with Europe's elite clubs

However, knowing Manchester City will have a game in hand due to their FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea City this weekend, Klopp does not believe taking over top spot with a win at Craven Cottage will have any impact on their rivals in the title race.

It brings back memories of the 2000s and the two successive seasons when England provided four quarter-finalists, along with six finalists in five years and two winners - Liverpool in 2005 and Manchester United in 2008.

Liverpool's trip to Fulham is their last match before the worldwide break, with the Premier League resuming on March 30.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp however rejected the notion that Premier League clubs are superior to Bundesliga sides after the Reds' convincing win in Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has claimed that his side can not compete financially with Europe's elite clubs - particularly the Premier League. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €/£100 bonus.

The Reds are fresh off the back of a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich, while the Cottagers have suffered defeats to Leicester and Southampton in their last three games. "You still think about it now", he said.

"Even for us now - we are a young team, we are improving but the chances we have given ourselves?"

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"That we can beat Bayern, about how we did it, I'm not surprised but I'm really happy we could prove something like that", said Klopp, who will have taken extra glee at beating the Bavarians as a former Borussia Dortmund coach. The Whites have not gained points against Liverpool since May 2012, when they won 1-0 at Anfield - a very different time for both teams.

"We have been in that situation for a while, it's not that we change our mood constantly, we are focused on the season", he said.

But Klopp isn't looking that far ahead and has warned his players that Porto will be desperate to avenge last year's thrashing.

"You can't imagine how (little) I'm interested in that". Beside that, we're also good friends. I'm not searching to be remembered in 50 years or whatever people speak about me.

'Virgil is playing every game the way we knew he could, and he has now gone up a level.

Van Dijk has made a total of 37 club appearances this season, keeping a remarkable 19 clean sheets in that time.

Zorc says German clubs still want to nurture future Bundesliga stars, "but when it gets to absolutely top talents, it's more and more hard to find them in Germany".




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