Gundogan hails 'father figure' Klopp before Liverpool City game


Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, incorporating a possession-based passing game to an already attack-minded side and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, marrying his "heavy metal" football to the traditional Liverpool style, this is a game that is eagerly anticipated by football fans all over the world.

As a neutral, it promises to be a fantastic game, hopefully anyway, between two teams that play exciting expansive football.

City have not won a game at Anfield since 2003 - a run stretching to 14 matches - and Liverpool will hope to extend that run this weekend with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all on form, and the addition of Virgil van Dijk to Jurgen Klopp's defence.

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

That victory followed up back to back league wins of the same scoreline against Leicester City and Burnley, making it four victories in a row. Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT's predicted Man City XI, listed in squad number order.

"It's the kind of game I love and for the fans it's something different", Salah said. "But Liverpool was the team that up until the sending-off you were like, 'there is something here'".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stated that Liverpool will be able to cope with despite the departure of star man Philippe Coutinho.

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But just because the Premier League leaders remain unbeaten and humiliated Liverpool earlier this season doesn't mean they will cover the spread again, or pay off odds on the money line, especially on the road. He also scored the opening goal the last time these two sides faced each other.

"You will always be judged on the result".

Of that eye-catching trio, it is Salah - who is expected to return to action against City after a recent groin injury - who has most impressed Arsenal's record goal scorer with his all-round play for Liverpool this campaign.

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"I said at the beginning of the season he can be the new Coutinho - obviously I did not know that Coutinho was going to leave", Henry said. City have been that good this season, that they could have lost both of those games and still be well clear at the top of the table. I don't want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him; he was five years here and since I came in he was always in the dressing room. And that is all he does.

Aguero has never scored a goal at Anfield, but has an incredible record at home against the Reds, scoring six times in seven meetings at the Etihad.

"If we maintain our level, the consistency and the way we play, then okay, we have a chance". "I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call".

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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.