Liverpool boss Klopp relishing clash with Man City

Liverpool boss Klopp relishing clash with Man City

Pep Guardiola has transformed Manchester City from a team of great players into a great team.

City come into the game still unbeaten in the league this season, and heavily linked with a move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

While Klopp can argue that the first-half red card to Sadio Mane changed the game, City were ruthless in dispatching their opposition. In the entire history of the English league, only five sides have been on longer unbeaten league runs than this City, who are on 30 matches.

Across all competitions, Liverpool are actually on a better run than Manchester City in the last 17 games.

His incredible match-winning goal aside, Van Dijk bossed the defensive line for the Reds and appeared to be the imposing unit at the back Liverpool have been desperately crying out for. The evidence of this season is that quick, skillful players are as likely to trouble City as anyone. "I do think he is going to make that big a difference".

Second-placed Manchester United host Stoke City on Monday, the visitors without a coach after sacking Mark Hughes following their FA Cup defeat by League Two Coventry City.

Henry also gave his verdict on Coutinho's departure. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10".

The recent return of Adam Lallana has gone some way to assure Klopp that this is under control, while the recently rejuvenated Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now has no better opportunity to shine. The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous.

"God is always protecting you and the whole family!"

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Read Thierry's full verdict here.

Manchester United are also speculated to hold an interest but Guardiola was keen to remain focused on events on the field, with City facing a trip to a ground where they last won in May 2003. We were up against each other and I remember we had a couple of challenges but they were fair. They're the only side who have managed to come close to City's tally, matching them with 16 over the last six games. The Scot wouldn't just win that game, but would go on to win the league again the next season.

As we live in a football world of instant judgment, victory over Manchester City, or even a draw, Sunday will see "Who needs Coutinho?" headlines.

Will the 26-year-old be able to put in another top shift against Manchester City's explosive offensive threat?

Find out more about the stats behind the fixture and take a look at the head-to-head record.

"The City game is a completely different game and the tactics must be as tuned as possible". The England worldwide has been in outstanding form for Guardiola's side this season but what's behind his scoring streak? They now sit an incredible 15 points clear. Pick your XI using our interactive team selector. According to Phil Neville, signing him from under City's noses would be an "unbelievable coup".

It's part of the problem against City: Guardiola stretches games with wingers.

"Yesterday [Thursday], he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat", said Guardiola.

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