Jurgen Klopp has warned his shaky Liverpool stars they must stand firm and conjure something “special” to stop Manchester City ’s ominous title surge at Anfield this afternoon.
While the Reds’ defence has been unsettled and vulnerable, Pep Guardiola’s Blues have been formidable in shutting out opponents.
And Klopp accepts his defending champions must be at the top of their game to breach a City defence so much more stable and assured since Ruben Dias arrived for £62million from Benfica in September.
The German, who hopes to have Sadio Mane fit again after missing the last two games, said: “For us, I will talk to the boys about a lot of things between now and the start of the game.
“There are a lot of things to consider for a game like this. But in the end, we have to defend against City with everything we have.
“And we have to play football at a really high level because you don’t score the easy goals against City.
“You don’t get easy chances. So you have to make a few special things happen – and we will try.
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“It is possible. That is a good thing about football. Even when you lose the last game, everything is possible for the next one.”
Despite a season blighted by injuries, the Kop boss believes his stars – who trail City by seven points – are paying the price for failing to win games earlier in the campaign.
“I’m not surprised we are still up there because it’s our job,” he said. “We could go back to the very beginning of the season when there were a few games we should have won.
“The situation was similar, not a lot less injuries but still less. We should have won games so we already should have more points. But it’s not about that. We lost against Brighton and we deserved to lose. We cannot ignore that but we cannot ignore the other things.
“This is a tricky season for us. Six of our seven most expensive players were out and lot of them are really, really good players.
“But that is how it is, we have to get through this and have to play better football anyway.”
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