Liverpool shatter Manchester City's unbeaten run in Anfield classic

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow with a slight hamstring injury ruling £75 million signing Virgil van Dijk out of Sunday's game at home to Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola believes his style of play is gaining traction across English football after he experienced a tough first season with Manchester City. "It's not that I think I now have to go on and think I am the best man and number one". You will know before I will.

City put Liverpool to the sword in September when these two sides last met, romping to a 5-0 victory at the Etihad. But when others have been outclassed by City, Liverpool have been left wondering if they would have won with 11 men.

Having sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a staggering £142m, one of Liverpool's main challenges for the months ahead now concerns adapting and refashioning the side's front line in the wake of the Brazilian's departure.

"The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game".

Klopp's timing in making this change was questionable for such a big game, and it backfired which now leaves the boss with a huge headache over where to go next.

The "foot on the gas" theme continues in an article on Sky Sports, where Guardiola repeats there is never any room for complacency in his teams.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 7 - Bizarrely, De Bruyne was one of the best players on the pitch despite the very bad City showing. The world's costliest defender should make his league debut, marking Sergio Aguero, scorer of 188 City goals but none at Anfield.

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar.

"I have nothing to say about that!"

"He [Klopp] is not saying you have to step up now or do this or that, he just wants us to enjoy the game and try to do our best", the Dutch midfielder said.

Guardiola said: "When we play Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready". But you know my answer.

This was an absolutely monstrous win for so many reasons, but none more so than for the boost to our top-four chances and confidence going forward. They've not let me down.

It will likely be a high-octane, intense game of football, with goals and chances galore, and it will be nearly impossible to separate the two teams once the 90 minutes are up. And that's worth aspiring to.

"With goalkeepers you have to do it like this", he said before the game.

However, the same can't quite be said about his team-mates at the back whose questionable defending in the dying minutes of the match nearly saw all Liverpool's hard work come undone.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach refused to compare Argentinean star Lionel Messi with Liverpool's Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah. And you can't help but respond to the energy and attacking philosophy.

  • Julie Sanders