Liverpool vs Manchester City-Can The Klopp Factor Help Liverpool?

The Premier League leaders drew a blank at Aston Villa prior to the international break and welcome a Liverpool side also hoping to recover from a poor result, having lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace. 

City are nine points clear of Klopp’s men in the table but Sergio Aguero, who is hoping to feature after spending six weeks out with a hamstring injury, rates Liverpool as one of the toughest sides to play in England. “It should be a great game,” Aguero told City’s official website. “Jurgen Klopp has come in and he is a great addition to the Premier League. 

The Argentina star scored five times in his last City outing as Newcastle United were put to the sword at the Etihad and Manuel Pellegrini could have Fabian Delph (hamstring), David Silva (foot) and Pablo Zabaleta (knee) back in action after the trio joined Aguero in returning to training this week. Vincent Kompany (calf) will be assessed ahead of kick-off, but Wilfried Bony (hamstring) is a major doubt.

Klopp is paying little attention to the quality of Liverpool’s opponents and is backing his players to impose themselves on the table-toppers. He said: “I don’t care about if they are the best team in the league – all I care about is if Liverpool are the best team in the league. Man City are a good team with good players. They are not bad! We will be prepared.  

Liverpool have Jordon Ibe, James Milner and Kolo Toure fit, but the game will come too soon for Jordan Henderson (foot) and Mamadou Sakho (knee). 

 

The biggest selection dilemma for Klopp is whether to play Daniel Sturridge, who has only just returned to training after missing seven matches with a knee problem.

Match Stats:

 Man City have won four and lost none of their last six Premier League games against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The Reds have lost just one of their last six Premier League away games (W2 D3 L1), but that came in Manchester at Old Trafford v Man Utd.

Liverpool have scored just 13 Premier League goals, the joint-lowest tally of any Premier League season for the Reds after 12 matches.

Philippe Coutinho has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Man City.

Only opposing goalkeeper Joe Hart (14) has kept more Premier League clean sheets in 2015 than Simon Mignolet (13).