As for Philippe Coutinho, who departed Liverpool for Barcelona in a $197 million deal last weekend, Klopp admitted that he could do nothing to stop the Brazilian playmaker departing Anfield and "it was 100 percent clear there was no chance I could use him in second half of the season".
"I think Liverpool could be the team that finally beat Manchester City".
Both teams were level on seven points when they met in the fourth round of Premier League matches and Klopp believes the result was something of a turning point in both clubs' campaigns.
Klopp's men were beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September, but were only 1-0 down and causing Pep Guardiola's side plenty of problems before Sadio Mane was sent off for catching City goalkeeper Ederson with a high boot. With a top-four finish an imperative for Liverpool, Sunday's rematch at Anfield feels bigger for the hosts.
According to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, the former Southampton defender guarantees Liverpool's place in the top four this season.
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"It's the kind of game I love and for the fans it's something different", Liverpool star Mohamed Salah rightly said ahead of the match. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10". He also scored the opening goal the last time these two sides faced each other.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is more likely to send his team out to attack and use attack as the best form of defence.
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City travel to Liverpool on Sunday with much confidence, in a bid to continue their dominance in the Premier League.
The Reds will be playing their first match since losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona but Jurgen Klopp insists they still have enough firepower to cope without the Brazilian global during the second half of the season. "You don't get a lot of downtime as a footballer and before this season, I'd only been having two weeks in the summer to rest, so that was good". "With Van Dijk they are even better".
There have only been five longer unbeaten streaks in the top flight than Manchester City's current run of 30 matches: Arsenal's 49 games in 2003-2004, Nottingham Forest's 42 in 1977-1978, Chelsea with 40 in 2004-2005, Leeds United's 34 in 1968-1969 and Liverpool's 31 in 1987-1988. They have lost just twice so far - the lowest number of defeats in the Premier League this season (not including Man City).