February 24 2018

Kompany a doubt for City

February 24 2018, 05:51 | Sammy Rose

Aguero was benched against Bournemouth

Aguero was benched against Bournemouth

Coutinho returned to Liverpool training today and he will be with the team as they travel to Manchester City this weekend.

The Reds collected 13 points from head-to-heads under Klopp in 2015/16, before claiming 20 points last season - a tally only surpassed by Chelsea over the last five years when Jose Mourinho masterminded a 24-point haul in 2013/14. He was in very good mood yesterday.

"We said we would make a cash offer for Alexis".

The Brazil global, who was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona during the recent transfer window, has missed the opening three games of the new Premier League campaign with a back injury. Before the back problems, he was playing outstanding football. The tally included a rampaging 4-0 win against Arsenal at Anfield.

"He has made a huge effort to get fit, played three games, 90 minutes, no problem at all".

"We play in a specific way and we want to use him in these positions".

"Now we start the period where we play every three days and unfortunately, we lost him".

Manchester City are continuing to dominate without taking their chances
Manchester City are continuing to dominate without taking their chances

"There is absolutely no problem and I am completely fine with this situation".

Guardiola is likely to field Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones at centre-back, after missing out on West Brom's Jonny Evans during the summer transfer window.

City are favourites for this one, but with both teams unlikely to want to cede early ground to their rivals, I think Liverpool can keep that unbeaten record going, and get at least something at the Etihad. "If everybody is fit and available after the worldwide break then I think he'll go with the same team after the Arsenal performance and I think Coutinho will be expecting that".

The German did admit that it was impossible job keeping a smile on every player's face. If you look left, if you look right, there's pure quality.

"If we didn't have the players then Phil would play and Ox would play". The captain, Vincent Kompany, will not feature after picking up a calf injury on Belgium duty.

Our second commentary of the day comes from Goodison Park where Everton play host to last season's runners up Tottenham. These big wins against big teams are always morale boosting, but this has become what Klopp's Liverpool have become known for.

"That's the past now", he said.

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