Liverpool to feature Philippe Coutinho against Manchester City

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Benjamin Mendy had his heart set on a move to Manchester City even before the two-legged encounter between the Blues and Monaco in last season's Champions League, in which the French worldwide was one of the many Monaco stars to impress.

Klopp's record against the other top 7 teams is exceptional.

Liverpool headed into the global break off the back of a 4-0 win over Arsenal, and while Allardyce has praised their attacking output, he believes the team's inconsistencies in defence will cost them vital points in the title race.

"My only concern about Jurgen Klopp's side is, defensively, are they sound enough to win the Premier League?" he told talkSPORT.

Ryan Giggs has questioned whether Liverpool have a goalkeeper good enough for a Premier League title challenge this season - but still expects the Reds to be one of the main contenders.

It was rather surprising that Hazard named Arsenal as one of the possible contenders considering that Arsene Wenger's side are no longer the force that they once were and have started the season on a bad note after losing two out of their three matches thus far. They have got goals and great energy. While City's medical staff do not see it as a serious problem, they are wary of his injury history and will continue to assess the centre-half ahead of Saturday's [9 September] lunch-time kick-off at the Etihad Stadium. There is no way you can win the league with 11 players over 31. Allardyce believes that Mourinho's know-how will be a crucial factor in the club's bid to win their first title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. He knows when and where to change his tactics, to change how the team plays.

Manchester City legend Paul Dickov believes Citizens manager Pep Guardiola has a better understanding of his squad than past year.

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