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Liverpool already have a game-plan to take-on Manchester City

Liverpool cannot spend too much lamenting in the misery of another disappointing Anfield defeat to Brighton.

Arguably the toughest game of the season is on the horizon against league leaders Manchester City, who are currently seven points above the Reds, having played a game less.

Liverpool will want to show a response. Indeed, setbacks are expected given the chaotic nature of this season. The key is ensuring these blips don’t have a snowball effect.

Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp was put in this position very recently and his players conjured up the perfect response.

Perhaps too much attention was cast towards City and Liverpool took their eye off the ball against Brighton. Nonetheless, the Reds must move on as the 2020/21 has proven too unforgiven to allow complacency to creep in.

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What Klopp’s team selection told us

Remarkably, Liverpool have a much-favourable record against the top teams as opposed to teams in the bottom half of the table.

The Reds are unbeaten against all teams currently in the top-eight this season, after all. With that said, the players will be up for the fight.

A lot could be made out of the player’s Klopp chose not to risk ahead of the do-or-die encounter against Pep Guardiola on Sunday.

The fact that neither Fabinho or Sadio Mane weren’t rushed ahead of schedule suggests that neither were to be risked ahead of such an important encounter.

Both players are guaranteed starters and the duo were drastically missed against Brighton. Fabinho and Mane will be required if Liverpool are to upset the apple-cart and overcome City this weekend.

Alisson Becker, too, will hopefully be back in time, after the Brazilian missed the Brighton match through illness.

The big decision from Klopp’s viewpoint could be whether or not to utilise Jordan Henderson back in midfield.

Liverpool have suffered exponentially without their talismanic skipper in his preferred role. Whether or not he trusts Nathaniel Phillips to cope with the City threat will be interesting.

David Maddock of The Mirror recently indicated that Klopp will go with the tried-and-test partnership of Fabinho and Henderson at the back against City.

Whether this starting XI has enough to overpower a City side that has conceded just two league goals in their past 13 games is another matter, but supporters can take confidence in our impressive record against the Citizens.

Liverpool haven’t lost in the league at Anfield against City since April 2003, after all.

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The key players

Liverpool will have to conjure up a similar performance to the one we saw against Spurs if Klopp is to take anything away from the game on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane, then, will have to be in perfect harmony if the Reds are to get past the likes of Ruben Dias, John Stones and Ederson.

Klopp ultimately got the balance wrong with a number of key personnel absent against Brighton. It is something the manager can put right at the weekend.

Hopefully, all of Alisson, Fabinho and Mane will safely return for another mouth-watering Premier League instalment. A much-improved performance isn’t just required but is suddenly expected following Wednesday’s abysmal display.

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