Jurgen Klopp drops bombshell: Why I chose Liverpool instead of Manchester United

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Getty Virgil van Dijk is set to miss today's clash with Manchester City

Guardiola, however, refused to discuss speculation surrounding the 29-year-old Chile global and said his focus remains on City's trip to fourth-placed Liverpool.

If anyone is to finally beat City in the Premier League this year, Liverpool have perhaps the best chance of doing it due to their excellent head-to-head history against Pep Guardiola's men.

City put Liverpool to the sword in September when these two sides last met, romping to a 5-0 victory at the Etihad. I thought they just posted pictures of their fancy vacations on Instagram.

As for Philippe Coutinho, who departed Liverpool for Barcelona in a $197 million deal last weekend, Klopp admitted that he could do nothing to stop the Brazilian playmaker departing Anfield and "it was 100 percent clear there was no chance I could use him in second half of the season".

The Germany worldwide has revealed that he has turned down the chance to work with current Liverpool manager Klopp twice.

Man City fielded a strong team for a 4-1 win against Burnley in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and it is never easy to second-guess Guardiola's lineups.

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Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players to focus on maintaining their dominant form rather than worry about the potential signing of Alexis Sanchez.

"We played there a few months ago and it was one of the stranger games in my life", he said. I said, 'Wow, come on!'

Guardiola suggested that Sunday's match at Anfield will give him a good idea of how far his team can go in the Champions League this season. "That's all I know".

It is actually scary as look at the actual amount of goals he scores, but also look at the amount of goals he missed - one versus one, not easy goals at the end of the day, because they are not easy. I think he is more mature. Stoke City has the league's worst road record at 1-7-3 to go along with a -17 goal differential on the road.

Manchester City prepare to face Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend and the fixture has already been tipped by many to be a classic.

Sturridge is open to leaving Anfield during the winter transfer window because he wants regular football and to win back his place in the England squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reported James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo.

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