Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Salah fit for Liverpool; Klopp had to sell Coutinho

Salah fit for Liverpool; Klopp had to sell Coutinho

"I'm sure we can have a good result".

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could return in two to three weeks after receiving treatment on his knee injury in Spain, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. They play fantastic football but, for me, I just think about my team.

"We are all a little bit more experienced in this period of the season", Klopp told Liverpool's official website ahead of tomorrow's visit of City to Anfield. At the beginning of the Carabao Cup they played Wolverhampton and they went to the penalty kicks against them. I am focused on Liverpool.

The Catalan has been a dominant force in the English top-flight this season, with his team sweeping aside all before them.

"We played there a few months ago and it was one of the stranger games in my life", he said.

And he has now set a new benchmark, City having won six and drawn one of their seven Premier League matches in December.

The Liverpool centre-back is ready to make his Premier League debut for his new club
The Liverpool centre-back is ready to make his Premier League debut for his new club

There is more pressure on Liverpool's Fab "Three" of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino following the loss of Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho, but that should only motivate the likes of Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings to step up to try and replace the impact made by the Brazilian.

Undefeated Premier League leaders City head to Merseyside with a handsome 15-point advantage over Manchester United at the summit but history - along with Liverpool's own impressive run of 17 games unbeaten in all competitions - suggests they are in for a rough ride on Merseyside. "It was an equal game at the start of the season because they also had chances to score the first goal". As a centre back, you see every single thing and sometimes talking and communicating can stop a counter.

He said: "If you want to achieve something good, win titles, you have to not just win but win at these kind of stages".

Pep Guardiola (right) gestures to Vincent Kompany. He cannot be afforded any space or time on the ball and it will be imperative for Liverpool's CDM Emre Can to keep him away from danger. We need to defend well and attack like we know we can.

The Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal can not afford to be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places.


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