Liverpool confirmed line-up v Manchester City: Senior duo axed

The Spaniard's past record in the Champions League, which includes two triumphs with Barcelona, was perhaps the chief reason he was appointed and expectations were high when he arrived last summer. Jurgen Klopp's side can also bolster their UEFA Champions League hopes by moving eight points clear of Arsenal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking to maintain their impressive recent form as they bid to secure a fourth win in their last five league games. However, the City manager correctly pointed out that he never guaranteed success when he took over in a blaze of publicity at the Etihad Stadium previous year.

"Some of the games and results we've had against the top teams this season have been phenomenal", former Reds midfielder Hamann told

"I am really convinced about the circumstances and the basis we have". "They will be different games compared to Burnley and we have to be ready".

Irrespective of the team, after Arsenal's capitulation at West Brom today, Liverpool now have a massive huge chance to consolidate a place in the top four. Manchester City has two long-term absentees, Ilkay G√ľndogan and Gabriel Jesus. Liverpool have been a very good team with very good players for years and, although they have sometimes dropped points against "lesser" opposition, they always make it hard for the top teams. In that scenario, I can all but guarantee that Klopp will play Mane or Coutinho out of position as a so-called "false 9", but what he should do (IMO) is just take the plunge and play Ben Woodburn, or Toni Gomes up-front. But we have seen on several occasions this term that Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero do play long balls in addition to short passes to the feet of defenders.

On Origi: "Divock was off yesterday because he felt a little bit".

"We need to show consistency". I played in the midfield past year and created quite a lot of goals, but wherever the team needs me I'll play. I have been very fortunate to play in a lot of good teams and with a lot of good players. Three of City's back four are probably required to be replaced.

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