Liverpool are better than last season, says Silva

Tanya Simon
October 7, 2018

Mohamed Salah could equal a feat last achieved by Ian Rush back in 1994 in Liverpool's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

While City are seeking to consolidate themselves as the dominant force in English football by becoming the first side in a decade to retain the title, Klopp's task is to end Liverpool's near three-decade wait to win the league.

Pep is still trying to work out how to play against Liverpool, a team who caused him all sorts of problems last season, beating them 4-3 at Anfield and dumping them out of the Champions League over two legs.

"Liverpool finished fourth last season but, unbeaten in six league games at the start of the season, they are already seen as City's mainrival for the Premier League title".

"I do genuinely believe Liverpool have a chance to win the league, but the biggest obstacle is the potential tiredness of that front three".

Kevin De Bruyne could return from injury at Anfield and Walker admits a few of the Manchester City players have struggled for fitness after the World Cup.

"I feel probably whoever wins at the weekend is going to get the bragging rights for being the bookies' favourite to go and lift the Premier League". We have to prove that we are as good as we can be and we have shown that in a few moments. With the ball, again the timing was not good because we felt under pressure when there was no pressure. We want to fight them. City managed to come from behind and find a late victor at Hoffenheim to record a 2-1 victory, while Liverpool were hit by a late victor in Napoli losing the game 1-0.

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"We've had a good season so far", he said.

The front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are likely to cause City a whole host of problems.

"Against Napoli the first 15 minutes was an open game with better opportunities for us".

"If you asked anyone they would say it was not done". Klopp does. Like Guardiola, he is a risk-taker.

Match of the Day pundit and former Liverpool midfielder is intrigued by today's game and wonders how City will respond to last season's three losses against the Reds. "After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we've got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City"," insisted Klopp.

"I didn't see any signs of a fitness issue".

Meanwhile, Naby Keita could be in line to start for the Reds.

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