Liverpool boss Klopp insists Coutinho primed for Man City showdown

Posted March 19, 2017

Jürgen Klopp has warned that Liverpool should not go into Sunday's clash with Manchester City with the mindset of favourites, despite their phenomenal record against the Premier League's top-six.

City are a point and a place above Liverpool, who have played one game more.

"It is all about using the experience you have and when you think of experience I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it", Klopp told United Kingdom newspapers.

The former Hoffenheim scored both home and away against City as the Anfield club completed a double last season.

Matip has slotted seamlessly into the Liverpool defence following his free transfer from Schalke last summer and the impact his absence had - due to a dispute over his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations - shows how crucial he is to Jurgen Klopp's side. However, the Gunners have two games in hand.

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"The reason why is because he didn't play games because he was injured", manager Pep Guardiola said.

However, Savage has tipped a different outcome this time, predicting a win in the direction of the Manchester club, as cited by William Hill's official Twitter account. "The (international) break hopefully is two weeks, we hope that will bring him back but there will be no game in this time".

De Bruyne's consistent displays, expert delivery and clinical finishing see him named in the XI ahead of the likes Roberto Firmino and City hot-shot Leroy Sane. Klopp admitted that it was not his best performance, "That's life for an outstanding football player", said Klopp.

But Klopp, whose team visit City on Sunday, said the players at Guardiola's disposal were far different, having been in charge of modern-day greats at Barca, and it made it especially hard in Europe.

Klopp added: "I like to speak positively about a player, second half Emre was very good but first half it was a challenge he should have had before their goal but things like that happen in football, it does not make you a bad person". He by no means comes across as a player ruled by money but that is seemingly the image many have created of him.