Sane doesn't feel threatened by potential Alexis arrival at Man City

Sane doesn't feel threatened by potential Alexis arrival at Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that winger Mohamed Salah has recovered from injury in time for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Undefeated Premier League leaders City head to Merseyside with a handsome 15-point advantage over Manchester United at the summit but history - along with Liverpool's own impressive run of 17 games unbeaten in all competitions - suggests they are in for a rough ride on Merseyside.

"When the fans get going and the boys play like they can, it's a really tough afternoon for whoever we play".

One of those games saw City thrash Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad back in September, although the final result was clouded by the first-half sending-off of forward Sadio Mane when the score was only 1-0.

And he has now set a new benchmark, City having won six and drawn one of their seven Premier League matches in December. "I am sure he will miss us - maybe he doesn't realise in the moment when everything is new there - but it's 100 per cent clear".

Liverpool will be aiming to become the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season. That has seen a return of just three goals and three assists. "You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool".

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While Coutinho's departure brought the curtain down on his role in Liverpool's attacking "Fab four", Klopp's three remaining big hitters will ensure the Reds pose a major threat to City's unbeaten record.

"But I'm not because I know we tried absolutely everything - the club tried everything to convince Phil to stay here and carry on going the way together with us and stuff like that". And that is all he does. "He's more mature, and of course he has to be calm and play the game he has to play".

"And the ones that he missed were easier than the ones he scored!"

It wasn't bad timing that news of Coutinho's departure followed in the immediate wake of £75m Virgil van Dijk scoring the victor in their FA Cup tie with Everton.

"It doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money", he told Sky Sports.

They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Anfield.

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