Naby Keita’s fitness crucial to Liverpool’s hope for victory over Manchester City

07 October, 2018, 12:59 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Jose Mourinho

He has transformed them into a title-challenging team year in, year out.

Ederson says all friendship will be put aside on Sunday when City take on Liverpool.

Liverpool have seen their impressive start to the new season stutter in recent games as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Chelsea before seeing their winning streak in the Premier League come to an end with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend. We shouldn't forget City's 5-0 destruction of Liverpool in early September a year ago, but that came was affected by Sadio Mane's early red card, and Liverpool had dominated the opening stages.

Guardiola's Manchester City side won the Premier League title last season with a record points tally of 100 - however, the Spaniard was full of praise for the impact Klopp has had at Anfield recently.

"We have to go there with a point to prove".

A flawless start of seven straight wins in all competitions has come undone in the past week with defeats to Chelsea and Napoli in the Champions League, either side of a draw with Chelsea on league duty last weekend.

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It was feared the Belgian could be out for three months after suffering a knee injury in August. "They are a top side and reached the Champions League final".

"It will be a huge game between two great teams and we are looking forward to the challenge", he said.

Man City will also make a late assessment on Kevin De Bruyne after he returned to training last week following two months out with a knee ligament injury but the Belgian worldwide may only be fit enough for the bench.

Last season, the coach relied on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's speed and energy to press high and exploit spaces in between the Manchester City midfield and defence, a role that Keita could have occupied.

Liverpool face Man City in a top of the table clash tomorrow at Anfield and Neville revealed that he was massively surprised that Klopp did not rest any of front three for the midweek game away to Napoli.

The Reds are winless in their last three games in all competitions, and there is a little bit of worry regarding the form of their attackers who have so often looked unstoppable. "Only when the team play better and play good the striker has more chances to score goals". After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we know how to beat Manchester City", because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do.

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