Klopp admits Coutinho's form has been up and down at Liverpool

Beth Cruz
March 19, 2017

Liverpool are expected to be up for their trip to the Etihad this Sunday to take on Manchester City.

Since losing to defending champions Leicester City on February 27, Liverpool (16-7-5) have bounced back nicely with consecutive victories over Arsenal and Burnley, and sit fourth heading into the weekend.

Whereas three of City's five defeats have come against other teams in the top six - Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool - Klopp's side have shown a particular aptitude for top-of-the-table clashes.

"It makes no sense to talk about it, but obviously I heard there was a story out there", Jurgen Klopp stated during yesterday's press conferance.

Guardiola has built arguably the greatest attacking force now in the Premier League - with Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Nolito all top class offensive options - but his defensive unit is remarkably poor.

And although seven first-team City stars have their contract expiring at the end of the season, Guardiola has rubbished talk of a mass player exodus, claiming that next season his players will continue to improve.

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. "I'm really looking forward to it". The team that doesn't win the Champions League but gets to the final will make changes, I know that.

"Roberto will be well recovered", said the manager.

"Could he have won a few games more? Yes".

The flawless accompaniment to Henderson's energy in midfield, Silva's craft and guile sees him pip the likes of Yaya Toure and Emre Can to complete the central pairing in Hamann's XI.

"He can not train, for sure he can not play against City".

"You can't compare one with the other. All the injuries we had were different, different players had a few more during the season", he said.

"That's the life of an outstanding footballer", said the Reds boss when pondering the recent criticism of the 24-year-old. But he knows that I know better than him how it works, so when that results happen, always we're going to take decisions. He by no means comes across as a player ruled by money but that is seemingly the image many have created of him.

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