Jurgen Klopp delighted that Liverpool can 'win ugly'

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. That was the major talking point in the EPL during the FA Cup break and our attention will now be turned towards football proper as action resumes this weekend.

Pep Guardiola has challenged Sergio Aguero and Manchester City to banish their Anfield hoodoo when they face Liverpool on Sunday.

He has the work-rate and tenacity to give Salah a run for his money, though there is no room for error in the boiling cauldron of atmosphere that will be Anfield on Sunday.

"This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham - there are still lots of games to play".

They are unbeaten in all competitions since October and that form has pushed them up into the top four. James Milner scored from the penalty spot and then Virgil van Dijk netted a late victor on his debut for Liverpool after his world-record transfer from Southampton.

City's visit will provide evidence of whether Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho following the Brazil forward's sale to Barcelona.

Liverpool have lost at home to Manchester City twice in the last 55 years, ever since Bill Shankly dragged the Reds out of the Second Division toward a glittering future.

Joe Gomez
GETTYJoe Gomez thinks he will benefit greatly from Virgil van Dijk being at Liverpool

The story also says that Liverpool FC will not consider a loan move for Sturridge and that at present, they are only interested in a permanent move. This should be a thriller and could swing either way.

Klopp will want to send out a message that it's business as usual for a Liverpool team that's forgotten how to lose nearly as much as their opponents.

The 50-year-old's celebrated tenure at Signal Iduna Park featured back-to-back Bundesliga titles and saw him become one of the most sought-after coaches in European football.

Liverpool could remain unbeaten in their opening 12 home matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12. A return by Sadio Mane to his form of last season is now a must. The English striker now tops the league's goalscorers chart with eighteen goals to his name and would love to add to his tally this weekend against the Toffees.

It's hard to judge the two sides from their last encounter, the 5-0 defeat at the Etihad in September. "With Van Dijk they are even better".

The Reds suffered a miserable defeat away to Pep Guardiola's side in their fourth Premier League game of the season. It could have easily gone either way, but the Blues were much closer to grabbing the victory at the end. They do have tremendous resilience, often scoring late goals; Liverpool have an unerring habit of conceding them.

Barring an epic collapse, City will spend the rest of the season focused on the historic implications of their remarkable campaign. It's about mettle and changing the narrative from the last match up. The Foxes will also have Christian Fuchs available, while Adrien Silva and Vicente Iborra are also over their injury concerns.

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