Klopp admits Coutinho's form has been up and down at Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals versus Manchester City than against any other team (4) in the competition.

And although seven first-team City stars have their contract expiring at the end of the season, Guardiola has rubbished talk of a mass player exodus, claiming that next season his players will continue to improve. He likes to attack in four, five, six seconds all the time. I respect (him) a lot. "He is in a really good way".

Hamann made over 300 appearances between the two clubs over a decade in the Premier League.

City are a point and a place above Liverpool, who have played one game more.

It is a measure of the extent to which Guardiola's stock has fallen in England that Liverpool could become the first team to record a home-and-away double over a side he has managed.

It is clear improvements at the back are needed, and with money no object to City, just who could they sign?

But despite the fixture coming at "an important moment" of the season, Klopp doesn't think "this kind of pressure" should be involved in the game itself, adding: "If we win we are two points ahead but they have one game less".

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City were fiercely criticised after the Champions League last-16 tie against Monaco, which they lost on away goals as the French side brutally exposed their fragile defence in a 6-6 aggregate draw.

He is hopeful that Liverpool take heart from their come-from-behind win over Burnley last weekend and look to graft it out for the rest of the season.

The flawless accompaniment to Henderson's energy in midfield, Silva's craft and guile sees him pip the likes of Yaya Toure and Emre Can to complete the central pairing in Hamann's XI.

"I met the big boss, Sheikh Mansour, in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. I think it makes sense to see it as a real opportunity and not to push some special pressure on it". "You have to be active and to be active, you need to be fearless".

While Coutinho has not been firing on all cylinders of late, Liverpool have played their way through a new-year wobble to pick up three wins in their last four outings and keep themselves on course for Champions League qualification.

Klopp called the Premier League the "most hard league in the world" because of the fact "a lot of teams have a lot of money" and also "have a lot of good players" which makes it "really hard to be a champion in England".

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and forward Gabriel Jesus (foot) remain long-term absentees.

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