Man City v L'Pool: Klopp, Pep in 'pound-for-pound' bout

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Man City v L'Pool: Klopp, Pep in 'pound-for-pound' bout

Jurgen Klopp and his boys will be anticipating a captivating 'pound-for-pound' battle when Liverpool take on Manchester City on Sunday as the second spot is still up for grabs provided Tottenham slip up against Southampton.

Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking to land a blow on one of their closest rivals for a Premier League top-four finish with 10 games of the season remaining. But the visitors will no doubt take great confidence from the fact that they have won five, drawn four and lost none of their meetings with the other sides who occupy the top six this term.

Team news

Manchester City could recall Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi, both of whom dropped to the bench in Wednesday's defeat by Monaco.

City remain without long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan. Liverpool will assess forward Roberto Firmino, who missed last weekend's win against Burnley with a minor injury.

Dejan Lovren, who has been nursing a knee problem, played for the under-23 side on Monday and is fit to make his first senior appearance since January. Divock Origi is doubtful because of a knock and illness, while injured duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge will again miss out.

Head-to-head

Manchester City have lost five of the last six Premier League meetings. City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 games against Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool's 4-1 win in this fixture last season is their only victory in the last seven Premier League meetings at the Etihad Stadium. Victory would ensure the Reds become the first team to record a top-flight double against a side managed by Pep Guardiola.

Form guide

City have lost five Premier League games this season - Pep Guardiola has never suffered six league defeats in a single season as a manager or head coach. Victory would be City's 200th Premier League home win.

Liverpool are unbeaten in nine league games this season against the top six sides prior to the latest round of matches, winning five of those matches. The Reds have run further than any other team in the division, averaging a total of 117.3km per game. Manchester City have the next highest total, with 114.8km per game.

Their only win in six competitive away games in 2017 came at League Two side Plymouth in the FA Cup on 18 January.

Managers' quotes

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City manager

"I have heard people have written that I will change 12 or 13 players [this summer]. That is impossible. They have contracts. You have to pay them.

"We will try and improve the team. Next month and a half I expect a huge step forward. Next season will be better. Just because they are out of contract doesn't mean they will all leave. Some will stay." Guardiola said as quoted on BBC Sports

Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool manager

"I am not in doubt about his quality. Maybe a few people are but I am not. I respect him a lot.

"I know probably a few people think (differently) now they are out of the Champions League but I think the way they played was quite impressive as Monaco.

"City could have won the game easily in the second half but because they are human beings they missed a few chances. For me City is the most difficult team to play. I know their image at this moment in this country is a little bit different." Klopp said on BBC Sports

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