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Why Jurgen Klopp was left amazed after his visit to Man City's training ground on Monday

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It’s a compliment to how good Manchester City are that hardly anyone believes they’re already out of the Champions League.

Not many sides would be capable of overturning a 3-0 defeat in the first-leg of a Champions League quarter-final - but City are.

There’s a reason they’re 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League and there’s a reason many pundits and football fans were calling them the greatest side in Premier League history just a few weeks ago.

Being humbled by Liverpool at Anfield and missing out on the chance to become the earliest side to be crowned Premier League champions against Manchester United doesn’t change the fact they’re still a very, very good team.

They’ve stunned everyone with some of their football this season but it seems it’s not just on the pitch that they’re wowing people.

That’s because, ahead of the second-leg at the Etihad, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could barely believe his eyes.

But instead of it being the quality of City’s players, it was the quality of their training facilities.


City have invested plenty of time and money in their facilities in recent years and are considered to now have one of the best academies in world football.

And it seems Klopp is almost jealous of what City have to offer.

The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor tells the story of how Klopp reacted to looking out onto City’s training pitches.

“In one of the quieter moments the German could be found in an upstairs room of City’s training ground, gazing out of the window with row after row of pristine football pitches as far as the eye could see.


"‘Is this all City’s?’ he wanted to know, and it was unmistakable envy in his voice. The answer was yes.

"‘Wow! Very big, very good.’ Melwood, Liverpool’s practice ground, must feel almost Lilliputian in comparison.”

Of course, the size and quality of City training pitches will be of very little significance should they fail to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

They will need a perfect night against Klopp’s side to overturn their three-goal deficit and progress to the last-four of the competition.

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