Nerves no issue for Liverpool, says Klopp

Sunday, 10 Feb, 2019

"Joe's surgery worked pretty well", Klopp said.

James Milner and Jurgen Klopp could not believe the performance of Georginio Wijnaldum against Bournemouth after the Liverpool star was "nowhere to be seen" on Friday. Manchester City may have fallen short of the standards they set last season, but they remain a force, and may well retain their Premier League crown - should Liverpool slip-up (again).

"All of them were out - they didn't have a chance to win the Premier League - but we are there".

"You have to be more competitive in the market or you need to work".

Maurizio Sarri thinks the way Pep Guardiola's Manchester City play forces Chelsea to change tactics, leading to Eden Hazard playing in the central striker role. The character and mentality of these boys is the only reason why we are where we are. Before the game, a draw would be a good result. "How many? We will see".

'Some of the play was mesmerising.

But the win - courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane, Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah - followed back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham.

That victory helped City cut then table-toppers Liverpool's lead to four points and Guardiola's side have since gone ahead of the Merseyside club on goal difference in a compelling race.

These are two of the Premier League heavyweights and when games such as these come along we know anything can happen.

In total - since his move from Roma in 2017 - the 26-year-old forward is closing in on 70 goals for Liverpool, whilst also providing nearly a quarter of a century of assists.

"That was the reaction we wanted to show today".

If United come through a Champions League clash against Paris Saint Germain, the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea and the visit of rivals Liverpool unscathed, then the calls for the Norwegian to be handed the job permanently will likely reach fever pitch.

BOURNEMOUTH could be poised for a significant role in the title race.

Between now and the end of March.

No fewer than three members of Bournemouth's squad return to Anfield after spending some of their careers at Liverpool.

The run-in looks set to be one fraught with nerves and bookmakers make City fractionally favourites at 10-11, with Liverpool close behind at even money.

The midfielder has struggled since arriving in England, being man-marked successfully by a host of sides, but Sarri thinks that the 27-year-old will get better, as Chelsea begin to become more proficient in the system dubbed "Sarriball".

Manchester City may have lost three of their last five Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2-D0-L3) but the Citizens have only twice lost in nine Etihad encounters with the Blues (W6-D1-L2).

City is 20-2-4 with 62 points, while Chelsea is 15-5-5 with 50 points and finds itself one point behind Manchester United for that final Champions League qualification spot.