Tuesday 12 November 2019

Klopp: Reds now a match for City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Chris Bascombe

With Liverpool's attempt to loosen Manchester City's grip on the Premier League title facing its sternest test against the champions tomorrow, manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing the fact that the days of the Reds being dominated on and off the pitch by the Abu Dhabi-owned club are over.

In 2015, Klopp wanted to ensure no Liverpool player felt they had to follow Raheem Sterling's example and leave Anfield to fulfil their trophy dreams.

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That, at least, has been achieved. "There are reasons, good reasons, why players want to join us, that is clear," Klopp said.

"The club is in a very good position. Image-wise, maybe it [always] was, but now I think it is easier to live the life of a Liverpool supporter, and that means automatically being in a situation to sign the players you want to sign.

"City had a very successful spell, though, in the last 10 years they have been champions a couple of times. There are different tastes and that leads to different decisions. I don't think we struggle with convincing players."

Liverpool's hopes of victory tomorrow have been boosted by the injury to City's first-choice No 1 Ederson.

"I don't know [how long he will be out for]. But he cannot play," said City boss Pep Guardiola, who starts Claudio Bravo who has not played a league game in over a year.

© Daily Telegraph, London


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