Liverpool v Manchester City

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work and does not make him nervous

Goalkeeper: Loris Karius started during the FA Cup win over Everton last time out but I think we'll see Simon Mignolet recalled between the sticks against City.

Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for a record fourth time in succession as Manchester City's dominant campaign continues.

But which sides is Lawrenson backing to take three points this weekend? "It's a big game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible", Guardiola said in his press conference on Friday.

"Liverpool are one of the few sides around for whom, given a fair wind, beating Manchester City at their own game seems even a possibility".

After five games of this season bookmakers were offering 40-1 for City, who have now not lost in 30 games domestically across all competitions and across two seasons, to remain unbeaten in the Premier League.

The 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on September 9, when Sadio Mane was sent off just before half-time with the scoreline at 1-0, remains the German's most frustrating match of the season.

New signing Virgil Van Dijk is expected to start Sunday's match.

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Heynckes expects the Germany global to fit seamlessly into their system. "The joy of playing is back again", said Mueller.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there".

On what might happen in the transfer window circulating in the papers, Klopp said: "That's part of the transfer window and I have nothing to say about that. That was the moment when we really had to accept that".

'You can not transfer the heart and soul of Liverpool Football Club, although I am sure there are many clubs who would like to buy it'. But there are so many games - so everyone is going to get games.

They also dispatched of Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup Third Round last week, with new £75m signing Virgil Van Dijk scoring the victor in a 2-1 victory. That makes you a better player.

"Yes I think he will bring something - not he will, he has to, he must bring something".

They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Anfield.

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