Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool poses test of City's bid for immortality

Liverpool poses test of City's bid for immortality

Jurgen Klopp claims he turned down the chance to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager before taking the reins at Liverpool.

"It's not allowed to be frustrated in a game about this or that; you always need to find a solution for the next situation and the next situation and the next situation".

"So it is in the back of my mind but first and foremost, it's Manchester City at the minute". They have had a fantastic season, our season is not too bad, but in a game like this you must show that you can cause them problems, more problems than other teams can do. Liverpool, and in particular Mohamed Salah, have to do it, especially if central midfielder Fabian Delph returns from a muscle injury to take up that position in his makeshift role.

City have been forced into errors by speedsters like Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford. On paper the team still have plenty of goals in them but have they lost the player who made them tick?

Guardiola's men are 15 points clear at the summit of the Premier League, but the Spaniard is expecting a stern test from their opponents on Sunday.

Although City are unbeaten so far this season, Liverpool have the quality to give the Citizens their first taste of defeat and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will surely set his team up with the intention to win.

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk
GETTY Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is not worried about his £75m price-tag

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.

The Premier League leaders had a £60m bid for the Chile global accepted in August, only for the proposed transfer to collapse as Arsenal failed in their attempt to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco as a replacement. And they are enjoying their best run under Klopp.

Liverpool could remain unbeaten in their opening 12 home matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "Of course if you want to achieve something that's good and win titles you have to win these kind of games".

"The records are there to be broken and maybe, on Sunday, Sergio will break that record".

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