Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus set to return next month

Jurgen Klopp urged to make one more key signing for Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp urged to make one more key signing for Liverpool FC

Chelsea take on Leicester in a clash of the past two winners of the Premier League, Spurs host Everton, second-placed Manchester United play Stoke and Arsenal, in sixth spot, travel to Bournemouth. Liverpool fans will be hoping to see the likes of Salah step up to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho.

Both sides enter the match unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, though this has been a consistent trend for City all season. With that in mind, now is the time to back the 4/1 (5.0) with dabblebet for punters who feel Manchester City are simply set to prove a cut above the rest this season.

This has caused resentment among the game's traditional powerhouses but it is simplistic to believe that City's progression, and the growing rivalry with Liverpool, is all about cash. They play fantastic football but, for me, I just think about my team.

"We had flashes of that in the game at the Etihad".

Guardiola's team remain unbeaten and 15 points clear at the top of the league standings.

The report indicates that Liverpool could be prepared to pay the £45 million release clause to sign Suso, who can play as an attacking midfielder or out wide. The investment from the Middle East has transformed City from Manchester United's struggling neighbours into the most powerful force in England.

How Liverpool's attack adapts to Coutinho's departure will be interesting; the fit again Adam Lallana would seem the likely choice or could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be given the supportive role?

The City boss said the match against in-form Liverpool at Anfield would give him a good idea of how far his team could go in the Champions League this season.

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Nor will there be any spiteful grudge matches, in the vein of Mourinho v Conte when they meet in late February. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10. We're disappointed but we're looking forward to the next game". "But the City game is a completely different game".

"Everyone knows the quality of Alexis but I'm sorry I can't answer about Alexis and other players".

So I hope this game is not packaged to death by the broadcasters.

Overall, there is a mixture of admiration and exasperation towards City from Anfield. The rivalry will grow but only if Klopp can land a blow on City.

"It is a good test for us".

The Brazilian had initially been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with the knee ligament injury he picked up against Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve.

Southampton and West Ham are rumoured to be interested in Sturridge, reported the Echo, despite the striker not featuring since returning from a hamstring problem in December. That is why they got him.

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