Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the Reds will be without Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip for the crunch clash against Manchester City on Saturday.
The Merseyside outfit has coped up well in the duo’s absence but playing against a side which is placed third in the Premier League will be a different proposition altogether. Both the players have played an integral role in Liverpool’s brilliant campaign and missing them will be undoubtedly a big blow for them.
Coutinho has remained on the sidelines ever since suffering a serious ankle injury against Sunderland last month and was expected to return to action against City. Speaking before the Boxing Day clash against Stoke City, Jurgen Klopp had said the Brazilian playmaker had an outside chance of playing against City.
He had said:“I don’t think it will be long-term but the game everyone is dreaming of is City: it was clear from the first second of the injury this would be extremely unlikely but it was the words of Phil so we will try to do it. At this moment it is not more likely than before but I don’t want to say it is not possible.”
However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has said that the 24-year old will not only miss the game against Pep Guardiola’s side but is also doubtful for the trip to Sunderland on January 2.
“(Manchester City) it’s too early.” said Klopp. “I’m pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early as well.”
On the other hand, Matip, who has been performing solidly at the back, has still not recovered fully from the ankle injury. The defender has also missed the last three games with the ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Klopp has insisted that an interesting game is on the cards when City visits Anfield.
“They have got better since last year, we are getting better,” Klopp said. “It will be interesting.
“They will not play like last year, it’s really exciting. If I was not on the bench I would buy a ticket 100 percent for this game.”
Klopp’s side are leading the visitors by a solitary point and any slip up might dent their title hopes. Chelsea are currently leading the table with 46 points, six points ahead of Liverpool, and both the team will be looking to collect maximum points to keep pace with the leaders,