Leroy Sane rejected Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool for Manchester City move

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

"The Blues scored 19 goals in December and bagged four on three different occasions and saw off Spurs, West Ham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Swansea, Leicester and Manchester United".

Klopp also rejected suggestions Naby Keita's move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, set to be completed at the end of the campaign, could be brought forward to help the team cope with the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. On paper the team still have plenty of goals in them but have they lost the player who made them tick?

New signing Virgil Van Dijk is expected to start Sunday's match.

But he is likely to return to the bench against former club City if declared fit enough this weekend, with Danny Ings - who could be loaned out this month - and Dominic Solanke having been Klopp's main attacking options the bench when naming a full-strength first eleven. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined with a long term injury.

The visitor's will travel to Merseyside without Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden who are both now on the treatment table.

On Manchester City's side, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy, and Vincent Kompany will all miss this match. I think he is more mature.

Former Everton star Leon Osman
SKY SPORTSLeon Osman thinks Virgil van Dijk won't solve all of Liverpool's problems

Of Liverpool's other injured players, Klopp said: "Hendo [captain Jordan Henderson] is out on the pitch and training, [but] not in team training so far".

City's last win at Anfield came courtesy of a Nicolas Anelka brace in May 2003, with four draws and 10 defeats since that result, including losses on each of their past four visits. City have triumphed against Liverpool just once in the past six meetings in the league, a demolition in their last encounter.

Klopp has taken to utilising Roberto Firmino more in a central role since Sturridge's injuries offered the Brazilian a route into the lineup, and the Englishman doesn't look like winning back his place anytime soon.

City can never be counted out, however, and their sheer quality will be a real threat to the Reds.

Guardiola's side have turned the title race into a lengthy coronation party after powering 15 points clear of second placed Manchester United and 18 ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.

It will likely be a high-octane, intense game of football, with goals and chances galore, and it will be nearly impossible to separate the two teams once the 90 minutes are up.


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