Alberto Moreno returns to Liverpool training ahead of Manchester City clash

Lynette Rowe
January 13, 2018

City - who have recorded 19 wins and draw in their last 20 Premier League games - will of course put their incredible unbeaten run on the line, but their opponents have not lost any of their last 13 home games in this competition and have not lost to City at Anfield since 2003.

"[Sturridge] is back in training, healthy and on the way to be fit again".

Klopp also rejected suggestions Naby Keita's move from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, set to be completed at the end of the campaign, could be brought forward to help the team cope with the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Van Dijk scored a late victor on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup last week after his record-breaking £75m move from Southampton.

Former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is now Manchester City's top scorer and he may be instrumental when the two teams come face to face on Sunday.

"The emergence of (Mohamed) Salah, that signing's been wonderful".

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Virgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that his world-record price tag does not make him "nervous" and he considers Liverpool's £75 million spend on him to be a "compliment". Klopp hailed Coutinho's "professionalism" as the Brazilian secured his dream move. On paper this has the making of a classic - two teams who love to attack and play soccer with great intensity.

City could become the first team to win a top-flight match at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the same season since Wimbledon in 1986-87.

The former Sevilla man damaged tendons in his ankle back in December during a UEFA Champions League group stage game and has been on the sidelines ever since as the Reds embarked on an impressive festive period run of form.

It seems unusual to say that about a club who floundered in the title race in each of the past two seasons but Manchester City's stranglehold on the English game appears only to be increasing. They need a leader and I have been saying it for a while. "We want to start winning trophies so that's the aim". Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino still combine to form a risky attacking trident, and the addition of big-money center back Virgil van Dijk should help Liverpool both in the back and on set pieces, where City could be more vulnerable. "I'm 100 per cent confident", he said.

Elsewhere on Saturday, bottom-of-the-table Swansea City face a trip to Newcastle United while West Bromwich Albion, who sit above the South Wales side on goal difference alone welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to the Hawthorns.

Manchester United entertain managerless Stoke City on Monday and are 2-9 to keep the points with the Potters 14-1 and the draw at 6s.

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