Liverpool's Klopp backs under-fire Manchester City boss Guardiola

Timo Werner

Liverpool will be at less than 100 percent on Sunday when they travel to Manchester to take on City in a battle of top-6 clubs.

The Brazil global last featured in the Merseyside club's 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

"Except of course for (leaders) Chelsea, the other contenders will be there until the end of the season".

With fourth placed Liverpool only a point behind City going into this weekend's Premier League clash at Eastlands, the pressure is on Guardiola, but Klopp sees no reason to doubt the Spaniard will get it right eventually.

"That's the life of an outstanding footballer", said the Reds boss when pondering the recent criticism of the 24-year-old.

The entirety of Emre Can's contract situation remains unclear and is likely to do so until an agreement is reached.

Klopp leads Guardiola 5-4 with the pair having also crossed paths during their time in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively.

Manchester City have fluctuated between unplayable and unwatchable at times this season, but Pep Guardiola says he expects them to improve as his methods and philosophy sink into his squad.

"It's an attacking side: win the ball and attack". But they can learn, that's all you can do.

"He's training already. He's trained the whole week, but to involve him in team training made no sense so far", Klopp explained, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

"I know probably a few people think differently now they are out of the Champions League but I think the way they played was as impressive as Monaco".

"To be able to play under a manager that shows so much enthusiasm and so much passion would be a pleasure and an honour", Kewell told Omnisport.

"If I was Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday's game, I'd be thinking "these guys are the same as us".

Reflecting on the 3-1 loss to Monaco, which saw City go out on the away goals rule after the Champions League last 16 tie finished level at 6-6, Fernandinho admitted City were punished for a disappointing first 45 minutes at the Stade Louis II which saw the hosts go in at the break 2-0 up.

"I heard what Jose Mourinho said and what the pundits think about it", Klopp said. When we miss these type of chances this creates the problems.

"It (Monaco) was not the result we wanted. Not because of the chances they had".

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