That was before I joined City. They are not only unbeaten in the league, but are often unplayable and have only dropped points twice.
Sterling rose to fame as part of the Reds deadly forward trio that were on the cusp of Premier League glory in the 2013/14 season, but he left Merseyside under a dark cloud having rejected a bumper contract opting for abig-money move to The Etihad Stadium. This is also the most natural approach for Klopp's Liverpool, with a mobile, powerful midfield and a hard-pressing front three pushed right up against City's defenders.
I know that once the players are out there on the pitch, nothing else maters-especially not history. What he manages to do with those chances could very well decide the outcome of this game.
On hand Shakhtar the fact that the competition in the fight for Fred "Manchester city" is ready to be implacable enemies of the United.
But Sunday won't be that day.
Manchester City's excellence this season is an example, but rewind a few months to a time when outsiders doubted whether Pep Guardiola's philosophy could prevail in England and many wondered if he had the players to implement it.
In his first full season at Liverpool in the 2016/2017 season, Klopp clearly had mixed success in the transfer market. It is for this reason that the eccentric German is often labelled as the Robin Hood. There was Sterling's even later victor, still the latest goal of the Premier League campaign, five days later against Bournemouth.
"I understand completely but it is not the first time he has gone back", the Catalan proclaimed. "I think it is the second or third time." .
The Blues do have a strong home record in recent seasons, though. If Roy Hodgson had let Zaha run at Delph from the start, Palace could well have walked away with more than a point. And now, Manchester City will try their best to continue their winning streak. He was outmuscled by Firmino for a goal in this game and was also caught out in the win against Bristol City by forwards prepared to run at him. They will no doubt miss Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool were rattling Guardiola's men, pressing them relentlessly and attacking with poise and pace.
One individual not associated with Liverpool that will be grinning from ear to ear after hearing this result is beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Manchester City won the game 2-1.
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