Klopp in 'no doubt' about Guardiola's qualities ahead of latest showdown
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 6:00
Here are some of the best pictures from Liverpool's latest training session.
Manchester City launch themselves into a foreboding run of fixtures at home to Liverpool today with Pep Guardiola under pressure to prove he has not lost his magic touch.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his star turn Philippe Coutinho was "not the best" against Burnley last Sunday. They've got a fantastic record against the higher clubs, so they only need to concentrate that little bit more against the teams down at the bottom of the league.
"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay". Wijnaldum has netted in his last two league games and could help Liverpool claim all three points.
With 10 games left to play, the Merseysiders find themselves in the midst of tussle for the top four. The Brazilian attacker's rounded game combined with a ferocious work ethic makes him a potent weapon in big games.
"Qualification for the Champions League will be tough until the last game of the Premier League", manager Pep Guardiola said. "In the next month and a half I expect a huge step forward", he told the BBC in the wake of the second leg at Monaco. With a semi-final date with Tottenham now set for five weeks' time, the title tilt is again the sole focus.
But Kewell - a Champions League and FA Cup victor during a four-year spell at Anfield - believes their impressive form against the better teams stands them in good stead of securing a return to Europe's top competition. We played a few outstanding games, but we obviously get judged by the games where we are not very good.
Victor Moses is Antonio Conte's only injury concern ahead of the game.
City captain Vincent Kompany will hope to feature after overcoming a knee injury, having been left out of the squad for the trip to Monaco.
The two Premier League heavyweights are now preparing to face each other in Manchester at City's Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Will Coutinho be able to return to his best form in time to impact the battle for a top four finish?
Fifth-placed Arsenal begin the weekend schedule at West Bromwich Albion - a side they have never failed to score against in 21 previous Premier League clashes.