Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool and Man City to be the great entertainers

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Liverpool‘s clash with Manchester City on Sunday is the biggest match of the Premier League season so far – and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is among those hoping to be entertained.

It is Liverpool’s second successive match against a probable title rival after last weekend’s draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which lived up to its billing.
Klopp said: “I turned to (Chelsea boss) Maurizio Sarri and I was smiling and he looked at me like, ‘You enjoyed that’. Yes, actually I do. This was a very good game and the City games (have been) very good games.
“I really think the most important job of football is entertaining the people. Because it’s only football. We don’t save lives, we are only good at football. If we do not entertain the people, why do we play it?
“It’s not always possible and it’s always hard work but that’s really an important thing. That’s why we have to try and create as often as possible and Pep’s teams are best at that, and I can admit that easily because it’s so obvious.
“We are not bad in a few other things and that’s why we were not the most comfortable opponents for City but that means nothing for Sunday. We need to be at 100 per cent, if not 110 per cent, to deal with the quality of City.”
Liverpool were the only major thorn in City’s side as they swept all before them last season, ending the chances of Pep Guardiola’s side going unbeaten in the Premier League with a 4-3 victory at Anfield and then winning both legs of the Champions League quarter-final.
They finished 25 points behind City in the league but the signs are it will be a much closer battle this season, with each team having only dropped two points from a possible 21.
Klopp played down the implications of the match, saying: “I don’t think it makes too much sense at the moment to think about the title. There are a lot of games to play.”
One concern for Liverpool fans is the form of talisman Mohamed Salah, who has only scored three goals in the first 10 games of the season and looked well below his best.
But that concern does not extend to Klopp, who said: “Expectation changed, that’s normal. He set a completely new standard last year.
“But it’s so rare that it happens like that. It’s all good. What’s massively changed is only the kind of questions you ask.
“That’s the world out there. It’s how it is in my job; if I win games, I know everything about football, if I lose three in a row, people think I have no clue about football.

“Neither is true, the truth is always somewhere in between. I am completely relaxed. Mo has to work hard but that’s what he’s doing. It’s a completely normal situation, nothing to worry about.”

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Maurizio Sarri confident Europa League won't affect clash with Southampton

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Maurizio Sarri hopes to avoid a Europa League hangover in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton.

Chelsea dropped points for the first time this season after their opening Europa League win at PAOK in Greece, drawing 0-0 at West Ham.

Sarri made eight changes for Thursday’s 1-0 win over Hungarian champions Vidi in the second Europa League game and is optimistic there will be no ill-effects at Saints.

The 59-year-old Italian head coach said: “This match we have changed eight players. In Greece I think only five. I hope we can do better this time.”
Alvaro Morata’s goal proved the difference against Vidi.

It was just the striker’s second goal of the season, after he spurned a host of chances earlier in the game.

Sarri is credited with bringing the fun back to Chelsea, but Morata was tearful after finding the net.

Asked if the striker should have more fun, Sarri said: “They have to enjoy, but I want to enjoy myself first of all. Usually I have more fun when I win. I don’t know why.”

0921 Morata

Eden Hazard is expected to start, with Sarri likely to revert to his first-choice line-up as he seeks to maintain Chelsea’s unbeaten start.

Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are set to return as the Blues chase a sixth win from eight games.

Olivier Giroud is likely to replace Morata and Jorginho is anticipated to come in for Cesc Fabregas, with N’Golo Kante also likely to be back in the starting XI.

Willian or Pedro will likely be in competition for one place alongside Giroud and Hazard.

Mateo Kovacic played the full 90 minutes against Vidi, so could drop to the substitutes’ bench, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek options in midfield.

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See what Pep Guardiola said about Kevin De Bruyne return for Liverpool v Man City

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has revealed Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne could make a shock return from injury at Liverpool.

De Bruyne, 27, has been sidelined since for almost two months with a knee problem. But he trained with the champions on Friday and could feature in the matchday squad for Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash.

Watch Guardiola’s response to a question about his celebrated playmaker’s availability:

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