In form Liverpool will be eager to get post-Philippe Coutinho life off to a flyer and prove that they belong in England's top three. Raheem was important for Liverpool fans.
However, Anfield and the atmosphere there should give the Liverpool players that extra push that they need to win this game. Instead, Jesse Lingard is the player they should fear most, with the midfielder cementing his status as the clutch individual for Jose Mourinho's side in recent weeks. "In Barcelona, in Spain there would be a big debate about that". Forest 1978 were defeated by a Liverpool they had just beaten to the title and knocked out of the European Cup, but who would reclaim the league later that season. Confidence is high as Liverpool is unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and 18 at Anfield.
Van Dijk headed in an 84th-minute victor and was a generally commanding figure alongside Joel Matip and the pair are more than likely set to resume their partnership against City, regardless of what Klopp said today.
Salah tormented the Argentine global during the opening exchanges and spurned two opportunities to give Liverpool the lead before Aguero's opener.
As we live in a football world of instant judgment, victory over Manchester City, or even a draw, Sunday will see "Who needs Coutinho?" headlines.
"I am focused on the game against Liverpool".
Inconsistency and defensive lapses have been a feature of Klopp's Liverpool.
In front of the custodian, we could see the partnership of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.
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For players and teams who fail to reach agreements, hearings will be scheduled for January 29-Feb. Right-hander Justin Grimm is the only arbitration-eligible player left who has not signed a deal.
The Dutchman is no miracle worker. Everton remain the only team to deny them three points. The addition of Van Djik I think was one of the best pieces of business Liverpool have done in year, he addresses their back four problems.
The common denominators among the better efforts involve counter-attacking, congesting the midfield with defensive-minded, tactically disciplined players and focusing on set-pieces that, in the span of eight days, brought Huddersfield and West Ham goals and nearly produced another for Southampton. Arsenal in 2004, and Preston North End during the inaugural league season in 1888. After Liverpool, repeats against those two teams await, with Tottenham Hotspur thrown in for good measure. Neither did Ferguson's treble team, or the 2008 incarnation. Chelsea's run was finished by a United again fired by Ferguson, but a Ferguson who was at that point criticised as finished himself, especially against an upstart like Jose Mourinho.
While going strong in the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho has already proven his growing inclination for playing for draws at best, in such fixtures.
And Manchester City were beginning to look unbeatable.
However, he would go to win the Premier League and Champions League with the Blues while his former club went on a decade long run of winning no silverware.
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