Liverpool to take caution with Philippe Coutinho's fitness - Jurgen Klopp

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But Coutinho showed that he was back to full fitness when he came off the bench to play for Brazil in their games against Ecuador and Colombia during the recent global break.

With Clyne now confirmed as being out for much of the season, a new kind of pressure will be on Liverpool's youngsters, and on Klopp to make the most of a tricky situation.

While it is still very early days, both sides have seven points from their first three matches, and will have eyes on a title challenge.

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet was rested for the 4-0 win over Arsenal before the global break but the Belgian worldwide is fully expected to be recalled this weekend with Loris Karius dropping back to the bench.

The German, of course, has a bit of history with the Andalusians having lost out to them in the final of the Europa League only two years ago. But Guardiola should be able to cope without him as he has enough firepower in his side with the likes of Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request last month in an attempt to engineer a move to the Camp Nou, but the Reds insisted they would entertain no offers for the Samba star. Then, they followed that up by making a £40million deadline day raid on the Gunners for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England worldwide will have to dislodge one of Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson if he is to start against City. "I'll be at the City game at the weekend - I'm looking forward to that". City have spent plenty of money on their defence by bringing in Danilo, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, however, Guardiola still does not appear to have settled on a favoured back line in his opening three games.

Liverpool, however, have been scoring goals for fun. Klopp's side have won four of their last five meetings against the Citizens, including an emphatic 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium in 2015.



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