Liverpool ready to halt Man City title march

Manchester United to rival City for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive midfielder

"However with the spectre of their city rivals hanging over they may find it hard, particularly with City already having a Brazilian entourage who would make it a lot easier for Fred to fit in there".

Liverpool are reportedly willing to let Daniel Sturridge leave the club this month, but they have slapped a £30m price tag on his head.

Liverpool, meanwhile, find themselves on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, shooting down Swansea City, Leicester City and Burnley in the league before pipping Everton in the FA Cup third round last weekend.

However, the Brazil international's exit may not be as bad as fans fear, having not featured for the Reds' last two victories, while also only bagging seven Premier League goals this term.

That task will have become a lot harder after wantaway Philippe Coutinho finally forced through his move to Barcelona.


Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is set to return from injury and he and Sadio Mane are likely to play either side of striker Roberto Firmino.

How Jurgen Klopp spends the £142 million could make or break Liverpool's season - and given previous January transfer dealings, Reds supporters will hope any arrivals are more Luis Suarez than Andy Carroll. However, in the first match between these sides this season, City won 5-0 at the Etihad.

The pair enjoyed a healthy rivalry as bosses of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, which took in the 2013 Champions League final, and has continued in England, adding an extra sub-plot as two of the Premier League's biggest sides meet.

"I think Liverpool could be the team that finally beat Manchester City", he told Sky Sports.

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