Naby Keita’s fitness crucial to Liverpool’s hope for victory over Manchester City

Naby Keita’s fitness crucial to Liverpool’s hope for victory over Manchester City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has warned Liverpool they are not the only to team to have got better since last season.

"He (Salah) is younger and it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future", said Guardiola, talking ahead of City's visit to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Guardiola's Manchester City side won the Premier League title last season with a record points tally of 100 - however, the Spaniard was full of praise for the impact Klopp has had at Anfield recently.

Though his side have already lost three times to Liverpool in 2018 - conceding seven goals in their two trips to Anfield - he has maintained City won't park the bus.

"At home we made very good game as well".

A ideal start of seven straight wins in all competitions has come undone in the past week with defeats to Chelsea and Napoli in the Champions League, either side of a draw with Chelsea on league duty last weekend.

The Belgian was expected to be out for three months but returned to training earlier this week. "They are a top side and reached the Champions League final".

There is a theory that although Klopp is able to defeat Guardiola in a one-off game, the latter will ultimately prevail over the course of a league campaign because of the control his football exerts and the squad he has.

With Kevin De Bruyne unlikely to return straight to the starting lineup the onus will remain on the Spaniard to keep City ticking, and the former England worldwide is likely to be given the task of stopping him.

The Merseyside outfit have not yet lifted a trophy since Klopp was appointed at Anfield back in October 2015 - although they have been showing some significant signs of progress, as they ended up as runners-up in the Champions League to Real Madrid last season.

"Now we will have three days together until we play City and make the boys aware of what was wrong".

The Reds are winless in their last three games in all competitions, and there is a little bit of worry regarding the form of their attackers who have so often looked unstoppable. We have to go to Anfield and put that to bed.

"Now with Daniel Sturridge coming back and playing well, we've got to be careful of that too, but we have to play to our own gameplan, and not think too much about them".

"I mentioned earlier one of our qualities is perspective, not making things bigger than they need to be, and that applies to fixtures like this".

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