Liverpool in good talks with Can, insists Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

"But I think we all know about the quality of Manchester City, probably a few people think they're out of the Champions League now against Monaco, so. but I think the way they played was quite impressive".

Since losing to defending champions Leicester City on February 27, Liverpool (16-7-5) have bounced back nicely with consecutive victories over Arsenal and Burnley, and sit fourth heading into the weekend.

Klopp will hope for a big performance from Coutinho against top-four rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, especially with fitness doubts hanging over his compatriot Roberto Firmino and striker Divock Origi.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "It actually makes no sense to talk about it, but because I obviously heard there was a story out there... yes, we are in talks, what can I say?"

The former Hoffenheim scored both home and away against City as the Anfield club completed a double last season.

"I am really convinced about the circumstances and the basis we have". Indeed, the Reds have won four consecutive league games against Man City for the first time since 1981. Klopp is aware that "when we've beaten them, he was pretty much always involved" and deeply appreciates Firmino's role in the team. "I think more they'll want to strike back, but that makes no difference to us".


"He can not train, for sure he can not play against City". We really like him as a person and as a player.

City's go-to man over the years has continued to deliver, leading the line in Gabriel Jesus' absence and giving Guardiola food for thought with regards to his long-term future at the club.

The 24-year-old was one of the stand-out performers during the first four months of the campaign, scoring six times in his first 12 appearances and creating numerous other chances.

"That's the life of an outstandingly good football player like Phil", he said.

But Klopp, whose team visit City on Sunday, said the players at Guardiola's disposal were far different, having been in charge of modern-day greats at Barca, and it made it especially hard in Europe.

"We're going to try to improve the team, but do it in a way that's possible in the market", added Guardiola.

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