Klopp implores battered Liverpool to learn quickly

Sadio Mane was sent off during Liverpool's game at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon

Sadio Mane was sent off during Liverpool's game at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon

The playmaker, who returned from global duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge.

That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad today. It was not that I had to say something about it.

What is more, Liverpool's transfer window business has been hailed as some of the best amongst the leading clubs.

"Things like this happen".

City hit the front in the 24th minute when Sergio Aguero rounded Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet having latched on to De Bruyne's perfectly weighted throughball.

"He's good in small spaces, really good in big spaces, good dribbler, good passer, there are lots of things I really like".

"But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable".

"I don't think he will be more attractive after that but hopefully he can come back soon". Klopp praised Coutinho's attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.

Guardiola said: "We play so high the goalkeeper has to play on the 18-yard box to help us with these forward balls". We couldn't keep him up, he was shocked about the situation and I am sure also about the decision because he didn't think [it would be red].

Danilo has hailed Manchester City's performance in the 5-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday, describing the victory as "very important".

If it had been a goal, a Liverpool side looking dominant early would have quickly been up a goal.

City boss Pep Guardiola will be without captain Vincent Kompany heading into the clash after an injury picked up over the worldwide break.

"He [Gundogan] has trained with us in the last two weeks, three weeks", he said.

"He played with Belgium against Gibraltar". Liverpool average 3 goals per game, City average 1.6 (in the last three games).

Guardiola predicted that Kompany would only be sidelined for a "short" period of time.

In addition to making it six games in a row he's scored against Liverpool, Agüero's strike nudged him ahead of Dwight Yorke to become the top goal scorer from outside of Europe in Premier League history.

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