Klopp hoping to welcome back key man

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2019

A 0-0 draw at Anfield in October left a worldwide audience somewhat underwhelmed.

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's Champions League final heartache last May laid the foundations for their relentless Premier League title bid this season.

Manchester City will look to move within 4 points of league leaders Liverpool when they host the Reds at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, in what is surely going to be one of the biggest games of the season.

"It's going to be a great game on Thursday and we're all looking forward to it". A Manchester City win and both teams to score is [3.6].

It's being billed as the game of the season, and it's easy to see why.

Aguero has a fine record in home clashes with Liverpool, having scored in every fixture against them at The Etihad since arriving in English football from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

"We will try to beat them and that's all. Or do they go for the jugular and win the Premier League on Thursday night?"

It's been a combination of factors, for me.

"He trained today but we need to check in the morning", Guardiola said. There was nothing between them in the standings - they were tied on points after seven games - and plenty of respect was shown on both sides.

Crucially, midfield anchorman Fernandinho is fit and available. He seems to be able to put out fires all over the pitch and be the support player that is there with a quick one-two pass to provide space for the attacking midfield players. The Reds led the league again in Christmas 2018 but this time Jurgen Klopp's men do not look like relinquishing their advantage.

It's just the ideal storm, isn't it?

Guardiola's men got back on track with Sunday's south-coast canter at Southampton, with strikes from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, and James Ward-Prowse's own goal, sufficient for victory.

Said the 24-year-old: "If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone".

It was interesting to see how City played at Anfield earlier this season.

"It's a really strong football team with an outstanding manager", insisted Klopp.

There always seems to be some sort of good fortune for Liverpool, too. He's been involved in six goals in his seven Premier League games against Man City (3 goals, 3 assists).

Will Pep do anything differently this time?

City have ground to make up after losing three of their previous five games but Kompany feels a good performance, rather than the result itself, holds the key to the second half of the season.

The first step towards dealing with any distressing situation is accepting it, and, in this case, the best way to do that is knowing that it could have been a lot worse - they could have won it in 2014.

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