Liverpool v Manchester City

Virgil van Dijk in action for Liverpool

After a round of FA Cup fixtures last week, Premier League action returns today in Gameweek 23.

Chelsea take on Leicester in a clash of the past two winners of the Premier League, Spurs host Everton, second-placed Manchester United play Stoke and Arsenal, in sixth spot, travel to Bournemouth.

"It is a real test going to Anfield, one of most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world", Guardiola stated in his pre-match press conference. "It is a game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible to know what is going to happen".

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row.

Their 5-0 thrashing at City earlier in the season was Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds boss, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss.

"I think in two, three weeks, hopefully the day against Basel, the Champions League game, (he) could be fit, could be ready".

"They didn't do too badly before that but after they were like, "Ah, we are really good".

And they have shored up their suspect defence by paying an eye-watering £75 million to Southampton for defender Virgil Van Dijk.


Any more departures will have to be offset by bringing in another player - but how happy will they be with just a squad role?

"No player would say, "Oh I hope he doesn't come".

However, Klopp refused to confirm whether the club record signing will retain his place in the heart of the back-line to try and stop City's fearsome attack.

"Even if someone like that comes in and is in front of you - if he plays more - the target is to get in front of him in the first XI". He is constantly running behind you, and as right back or a centre back, you do not want to run that way the whole game.

It wasn't bad timing that news of Coutinho's departure followed in the immediate wake of £75m Virgil van Dijk scoring the victor in their FA Cup tie with Everton.

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They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Anfield.

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