BBC Pundit pleads Jurgen Klopp to start this player against City

Henrietta Brewer
March 19, 2017

City were fiercely criticised after the Champions League last-16 tie against Monaco, which they lost on away goals as the French side brutally exposed their fragile defence in a 6-6 aggregate draw.

The Brazil worldwide last featured in the Merseyside club's 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

The two-time Champions League victor with Barcelona has failed to replicate such continental success in his debut City season, but Klopp believes the key reason for that is personnel.

Liverpool will be at less than 100 percent on Sunday when they travel to Manchester to take on City in a battle of top-6 clubs.

"After being knocked out of the Champions League they will be even more focused on the Premier League, so we have to be ready".

With Daniel Sturridge still not recovered from a hip injury which has kept him out since early February and fellow striker Danny Ings ruled out for the season with a serious knee problem, Liverpool's forward line is looking a little bit light. Liverpool's slump since the turn of the year may have dashed hopes of silverware but Klopp felt qualification for next season's Champions League would represent "an outstanding success".

With fourth placed Liverpool only a point behind City going into this weekend's Premier League clash at Eastlands, the pressure is on Guardiola, but Klopp sees no reason to doubt the Spaniard will get it right eventually.

Liverpool have been handed an injury boost after Jurgen Klopp confirmed Roberto Firmino will be fit to face Manchester City.

Klopp also believes a more competitive competition has made it trickier for Guardiola, who won three consecutive league titles at both Barca and Bayern.

Guardiola said: "He's a top coach".

"It's an attacking side: win the ball and attack".

"You can not plan an ugly game".

"I have more power than ever in my life as a manager".

"We think we have really serious chances to do that. It's a real challenge to play against them".

"Klopp is a top coach", the City manager told his pre-match press conference, two days on from his side's disjointed 3-1 loss to Monaco at Stade Louis II.

"I always think about alternatives".

"We got to the byline and in just one pass we can score a goal but we missed those chances and that's happened a lot of times".

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