Pressure is on Liverpool to stay top, says Fernandinho

Fernandinho has warned Liverpool that Manchester City are ready to eat up ground in the title race as pressure mounts on the leaders. For example, Liverpool are out [of the EFL Cup] and have more time to prepare the Premier League.

The Netherlands worldwide was part of the Liverpool FC team that failed to extend their unbeaten run to 21 games in the current campaign. The top two Premier League teams met in the last Premier League match day as Manchester City reduced the gap to four points at the top.

He also predicted Manchester United to defeat Reading 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in the FA Cup, while Chelsea will beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 on Saturday evening in the FA Cup. None of the other five are playing Premier League opponents in this round.

Despite that, Klopp is set to give him a run-out in the all-Premier League cup game and praised the Spanish global for his professionalism.

"They've not got the biggest squad in the world", said Merson.

It was as good as a must-win fixture for Guardiola's men, which they did.

"The quicker Liverpool go out of the Champions League, the more of an unbelievable chance they have to win the league", he said.

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Manchester City will be careful not to dwell on this victory longer than they should. It's a chance to win a trophy - and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things. The manager has stated in his press conference that changes will be made to his lineup for this game, especially because of the intensity with which the City game was played being the last league game of a frantic festive period.

Matt Doherty has scored thrice and assisted four goals in 21 appearances in the Premier League (1851 minutes). Unfortunately we lost and couldn't get a result.

Daniel Sturridge must be the biggest puzzle for Jurgen Klopp to solve since the manager arrived at Anfield. He only coaches his teams in an attacking way. Klopp added. "If he hits Mo more he is out for the season". "But the way Klopp makes Liverpool play is absolutely fantastic". Espirito Santo might still rotate a bit, which could bring in Ruben Neves, who has been out of favour for a while.

At 16 years old he has a lot to learn, but Monday's game will be the flawless stage for Hoever to showcase his talent.

Joe Gomez (leg) and Joel Matip (collarbone) are on track to return to team training in the coming days, but Monday's match will come too soon for the defensive duo.

When Liverpool equalised, there were enough City defenders around the box to prevent it.

  • Kyle Peterson