Jurgen Klopp has told his Liverpool FC side that they will have to be at their best if they are to beat the “outstanding” Manchester City team at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are preparing for a huge test of their Premier League title credentials as they prepare to welcome the Premier League leaders to Merseyside.
Liverpool FC currently find themselves level on points with Pep Guardiola’s men, and they know that a victory over the visitors would lift them three points clear at the top of the table heading into the international break.
The Merseyside outfit have been in good form this season, and they have only dropped two points in their opening seven Premier League games so far this term.
However, Klopp’s men are now without a win in three outings – something that they will be hoping to put right when they take on the Citizens this weekend.
And Klopp has warned his Liverpool FC side that they are coming up against one of the top teams in world football this weekend.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference at Melwood on Friday, Klopp said: “We won the last three games against City – twice in the Champions League and once in the league.
“After none of these games do you go into the dressing room and think, ‘Now we’ve got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City.’
“There is no real way; there isn’t one thing you have to do so you can beat them. That’s not there. You have to be ready.
“You need a fantastic football team – which I have, thank God – with an outstanding character, ready for being really brave, ready for making mistakes in a very difficult game against an outstanding opponent.
“That’s it and then it can work, that’s all we need to know.”
A win for Liverpool FC on Sunday would certainly underline their status as one of the main challengers for the Premier League title this season.
For all of their impressive and exciting attacking play, the Reds are still to lift their first trophy under Klopp since his appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.
Liverpool FC ended up losing 1-0 to Napoli in their second Champions League fixture last week as Lorenzo Insigne fired home a late winner for the home side in Italy.
That defeat followed their thrilling 1-1 draw at Chelsea FC last weekend, when Daniel Sturridge netted the all-important equaliser for the Blues at Stamford Bridge late in the game.
The Reds will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Huddersfield Town away from home on Saturday 20 October.
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