Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Gerrard to his players: Start doing it on the road

Gerrard to his players: Start doing it on the road

Bernardo Silva has warned that Liverpool are now a better side than when they beat champions Manchester City three times last season.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home games against Manchester City in all competitions (W12, D5, L0). If we would have defended like we did against Napoli today then it's a 7-0.

But with both sides only separated by City's superior goal difference at the top of the table having dropped just two points each so far this season, the clash will go a long way to telling if Liverpool are capable of knocking Guardiola's men off their perch. "It didn't look too serious, so there's a chance but we don't know".

"And we also get David Vanacek at the beginning of January, and again, if Uche is out, he'll bring us something completely different as well".

The loss leaves the Cottagers on the edge of the relegation zone in 17th place, while Arsenal moved up to third above Tottenham on goals scored.

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"Things have gone really well for me". Benjamin Mendy is also fit for the game, and the return of the French global is another positive for Pep to ponder in his team selection.

"Our way of dealing with that will be our two young centre-backs who are improving week-on-week, and I think they are capable of dealing with just about everything that is thrown at them". It is about being consistent every three days during 11 months.

"The challenge for me and the team now is that can we make these home performances away from home and that's when we will find consistency". We can't start slow and wait for the crowd to lift us. But we were really back on track, even after we had to change Millie which you never want to do, especially in the first half, so I am fine. "So if you want them, then come with loads of money and you can have them".

As everyone always points out, the most important game is the next one and for the Parkhead club - and Rangers - it's vital they win this afternoon.

Klopp has been described as Pep Guardiola's nemesis but the German insisted there is no magic formula to beating City.

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Finally, it's not often we feature the Radio Times in this round-up, so here is a snippet of Simon Barnes' preview of today's game.

City fans may ask why Mahrez, who has now missed five of his last eight top-flight penalties, took the spot kick but while the visitors had the best chances a draw was not an unfitting result for a much-anticipated game that failed to truly sparkle.

Klopp said: "I turned to (Chelsea boss) Maurizio Sarri and I was smiling and he looked at me like, "You enjoyed that". We don't know in this moment as well if he can train tomorrow, we have to see.

Klopp was waiting to learn whether midfielder Naby Keita would be available after suffering a back spasm in Naples while forward Adam Lallana is back in full training following a groin problem.

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