Klopp heaps praise on champions City

01 October 2021 15:13:02 CET
Klopp full of praise for champions

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has labelled Manchester City "probably the best team in Europe" ahead of Sunday's Anfield showdown between the two sides.

City go to Anfield in second place, a point behind the Reds, with Pep Guardiola's side 13/10 to win, while Liverpool are currently at 19/10 and the draw is 13/5.

Big test at the weekend

Klopp expects his own side's title credentials to be severely tested on Sunday as they come up against the reigning champions, who beat Chelsea 1-0 last weekend before slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in midweek.

Liverpool, who outclassed Porto 5-1 in their European clash, lost this corresponding fixture 4-1 at Anfield last season and the German coach knows his side will have to be at their very best to pick up a positive result.

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"This is a really special game every year and you have to be your best version, and only then, you have a chance," Klopp said.

"We have to win the game and score goals but we have to defend at the absolute highest level to stay in the game and make sure the goals we score make the difference.

"They [City] are probably the best team in Europe at the moment. Last weekend they played Chelsea and everyone was talking about how good Chelsea are, which they are, but City were clearly better that day."

Liverpool will be without first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has a muscle issue, while Thiago is out with a calf strain.

James Milner is expected to start in place of Alexander-Arnold while Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino are amongst those pushing for recalls.

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