Pep Guardiola confirms shock team news ahead of Liverpool clash

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

De Bruyne was expected to be out for three months after suffering a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee, but the Belgian has made a quick recovery from the setback to be in contention for the weekend. "You could see Napoli used the atmosphere and we couldn't calm it down with our performance", said Klopp after defeat in Italy on Wednesday. Fabian Delph has been ruled out. "He's training with us, yeah". Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. "Now we have to go to Anfield and put that to bed", he said.

"Liverpol should be upset, not me", said Guardiola. He will be in today, but I don't know if he can do something.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Belgian trained with the team on Friday, but would not confirm he will be part of the squad.

The game is the biggest Premier League fixture of the season so far, with reigning champions City top of the table, but only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

"They deserve their praise for the way they play".

We've recommended a long period of recovery so that he won't play in Liverpool-Napoli.

"We should be so proud".

"It was always United, Liverpool, then Chelsea, then Arsenal, and now we are there".

Klopp, comparing Liverpool's battle for supremacy with City alongside the famous tennis rivalry between Germans Becker and Michael Stich, believes his side might not be top dogs just yet - but they soon can be.

"He [Klopp] has all the qualities that everybody knows about Liverpool".

It is a unsafe approach with Klopp having a better record against Guardiola going back to their time when they were rivals at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - winning half of their 14 encounters and drawing two more.

While Reds fans go about their business, the blue half of Manchester has drummed up some odd perception of there being an intense rivalry between the two clubs. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, sometimes we win competitions, sometimes we lose competitions. "Only when the team play better and play good the striker has more chances to score goals".

That night their team coach was badly damaged after being pelted with missiles a few hundred yards from the stadium before the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

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