Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp addresses Mo Salah selection amid form concerns

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given a hint surrounding Mohamed Salah starting against Man City on Sunday and agreed with Jamie Carragher over what was the best rivalry in Premier League history

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Jurgen Klopp previews Man City clash

Ahead of their match on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his Man City counterpart Pep Guardiola agreed that they have the best rivalry in the Premier League.

City vs Liverpool this weekend is likely to play a major role when it comes to determining who lifts the Premier League trophy at the end of the season. The Reds need to win and there’s been speculation Mohamed Salah could be dropped for the key fixture due to a dip in form, leading to Klopp addressing the situation.

Klopp also used his pre-match press conference on Friday to correct a reporter over a question asked to Guardiola as the pair opened up on their feelings about each other ahead of the game at the Etihad.

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Mo Salah’s form has been called into question

Klopp agrees with Carragher

Liverpool travel to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon to take on Man City, the latest chapter in the recent rivalry between the two sides.

The two sides have set themselves apart as two the best teams in England and in Europe and their games continue to set the standards of what the Premier League has to offer. Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said that the two sides are currently embroiled in the best rivalry England’s top-flight had ever seen.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was asked in his pre-match press conference on Friday whether he agreed with Carragher and concurred with the Sky Sports pundit, insisting the two sides have driven each other on such has been the standards they’ve set.

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Salah selection update

Ever since Salah returned from the Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian’s form has somewhat dipped.

It was the case once again in the Champions League game against Benfica when the forward was taken off after an hour, leading to speculation Salah could be left out entirely when Liverpool make the trip to Manchester to take on City. Klopp is not short of options with likes of Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all available.

Klopp has addressed suggestions Salah could be axed for the crunch game despite his know how in such outings. He said: “Yes, big game experience helps, definitely. It is not the only important thing you consider when you make a line-up but it’s one of these.”

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Klopp defends Guardiola

While in a jovial mood during Friday’s Man City press conference, Klopp did hit back at a reporter over a questioned asked to Guardiola.

The City boss responded sarcastically when asked if he overthought tactics and line-ups ahead of big games, most notably in the Champions League. When the question was put to Klopp, whether or not the former Barcelona boss did tinker too much on the big stage, the Reds boss responded bluntly and told the media the City boss was being ‘ironic.’

“We have really a responsibility on this planet. If you want to talk to us [managers] then do me a favour and help us [by providing context]. He (Guardiola) said ironically ‘I overthink things’ or ‘I like overthinking things’,” said Klopp.

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