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Liverpool leave out Coutinho for Manchester City clash

Liverpool leave out Coutinho for Manchester City clash”

Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool after he suffered a calf injury on global duty with Belgium.

Klopp also played down suggestions that Coutinho's failed transfer could affect his mindset, saying the player had accepted the disappointment of not getting his move to Spain.

'He has training with us for the last few weeks, ' he said.

"In pre-season, he played 90 minutes for three games, no problem at all". With the exception of the Watford performance where they conceded three goals, they have been impressive, the highlight being the 4-0 win against Arsenal just before the worldwide break.

With an global break to savor their destruction of Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to his players to put that all behind them and do the same to title favourites Manchester City.

"We saw training [on Thursday] morning and thought "OK, maybe we should use him immediately" because he was really good, but that doesn't make sense", the boss added.

"And he played twice - I think about 15 or 20 minutes (each time)".

"He has a little problem in his calf and I don't think he will be able to play tomorrow".

"It wasn't clear, it was not an easy time, but". We give ourselves the freedom to learn with the first team and play wherever we need him. I'm not sure he likes it, I've said it five times.He's ready for playing in all different teams we have.

"If we didn't have the players then Phil would play and Ox would play".

"It's always a decision for one game, and the players react really well in situations like this".

Klopp spoke of the importance of rhythm with his line-ups, as much as rotating to keep his regular starting players fresh, and noted the challenge of striking a balance.

Title favourites City host Liverpool live on Sky Sports this Saturday - but it's the Reds who have become the dominant force against top teams since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October 2015.

"That's the past now", he said.

Both clubs have picked up seven points from their opening three league games of the season and both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp put more of an emphasis on attack, which should make for a great game.



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