Liverpool v Manchester City

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However, the Manchester City midfielder is back in England and was due to attend training on Friday afternoon, meaning he will be available to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

T he Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal can not afford two be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places.

Chelsea have a visit from Leicester, while strugglers Swansea have a trip to Newcastle. As far as the attack is concerned, the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah will probably start. United have been away for a mid-season break of sorts, spending five days in Dubai in a bid to recharge the batteries.

Klopp has had some success whilst at Liverpool since joining, but it would have been even better had he beaten Man City to the signing of both Sane and Gundogan. Klopp hailed Coutinho's "professionalism" as the Brazilian secured his dream move.

"He's a guy who tries to play forward, no fear, courage and they play at Anfield".

Liverpool have only lost two league games in the league this season and Manchester City were the first team to beat them.

Guardiola's side have turned the title race into a lengthy coronation party after powering 15 points clear of second placed Manchester United and 18 ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.

Their 5-0 defeat by Manchester City earlier in the season was Jurgen Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds manager, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss (Mainz were beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006).

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

Asked what made his new side an attractive destination for a player who was also the subject of interest from Chelsea, the former Celtic man replied: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is wonderful. That was the moment when we really had to accept that". I do not know why because you would like to think they struggle against teams like Chelsea and the like.

And he has now set a new benchmark, City having won six and drawn one of their seven Premier League matches in December. "But Liverpool was the team that up until the sending-off you were like, 'there is something here'".

Talk that Naby Keita will join the Reds this month is gathering pace while Thomas Lemar hasn't been ruled out as a potential winter transfer either.

However, former Arsenal striker Henry believes the blow of Coutinho's departure will be softened by Salah's prolific form in the Premier League in the current campaign.

"No player would say, "Oh I hope he doesn't come". That has seen a return of just three goals and three assists.

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