Manchester City's Jesus set to return next month

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

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It is Liverpool's first game since the £146m departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but will they mark it by ending Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season?

The Champions League is the only one they have only got a 50-50 chance of winning. And maybe for Man City, the season.

"And then we had the red card that obviously changed the game. He is training completely normal and that's very important for us", Klopp said in his pre-match press conference. "It's up there as one of my best goals". They didn't just aim to frustrate.

"It is a good test for us".

Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph must stop Mane and Mohamed Salah from accelerating into the channels inside them. Even in midweek, when City looked lackluster against Bristol City, they still managed to produce a late victor. Is it a misuse of their energy due to the high-pressing? "He's more mature, and of course he has to be calm and play the game he has to play".

Forward Salah, the Reds' top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions this season, has missed the last two matches because of a groin problem. Others have retreated immediately and sat deep, though none as far as Newcastle with their blanket defence.

The bookies aren't daft and long odds-on quotes have become the norm for Pep Guardiola's men. Technical attacking midfielders, particularly slower ones, tend to be omitted by managers who expect to operate without the ball.

If Jesus is back in two or three weeks he would potentially be available to play for City even before the trip to Basel on February 13.

Containing the in-form winger is likely to be Fabian Delph, who has enjoyed something of a renaissance under Guardiola this season.

When Mauricio Pochettino looked to get four men in the heart of the midfield by playing a diamond, it backfired by leaving Tottenham's right-back Kieran Trippier exposed against Leroy Sane in a system that lacked width in front of him.

Manchester City's last three away games have seen them win just once by a single goal to nil, with their game at Swansea being the only game to be settled by more than a single goal which was predicted by the football tipsters at Tipsters Review. For all his skill, Coutinho is not a midfield maestro who consistently has a decisive effect on matches as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara or Andres Iniesta do.

"We did it at Stamford Bridge, we did it at Old Trafford and [at Anfield] we have to do that". City boast an 18-point gap over Liverpool and have not lost any of their last 33 domestic games.

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