5 bold Premier League predictions: Van Dijk leads Liverpool to victory

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Stephen Ireland and Javier Garrido put City in charge but Fernando Torres pulled one back early in the second half and grabbed an equaliser after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off. That formation will be mirrored by Liverpool in this clash, the side's first since Philippe Coutinho completed his move to Barcelona. "As a manager, you have a lot of worlds to deal with and you have to choose which one you are going to focus on". Klopp hailed Coutinho's "professionalism" as the Brazilian secured his dream move. With Firminho and Mane also in fine form this is a top three that will look to exploit any weakeness' that appear in the Manchester City back line.

SunSport can reveal the Bairns full-back is set to spend this week training with Jurgen Klopp's side - with a view to signing on at Anfield.

Guardiola's side have turned the title race into a lengthy coronation party after powering 15 points clear of second placed Manchester United and 18 ahead of fourth placed Liverpool. They play fantastic football but, for me, I just think about my team. This kind of game shows your mentality. City had a spell when they needed a succession of late goals to see off their opponents, with narrow victories against Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham.

"We all know how they played against Chelsea, they just bossed the game". For City to beat Liverpool 5-0 in September was embarrassing. "I think two or three weeks, against Basel in the Champions League, he could be ready".

Transactions in the transfer window illustrate this. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10".

Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne have been the best players this season. City's spending power is a source of envy and animosity.

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Klopp still wants to keep the striker despite having Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke competing for the striker role.

Liverpool, meanwhile, find themselves on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, shooting down Swansea City, Leicester City and Burnley in the league before pipping Everton in the FA Cup third round last weekend. "I'm sorry, I am not going to answer about Alexis or other players".

So I hope this game is not packaged to death by the broadcasters. That's especially the case when they go behind, and so goes any pride. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, on the other hand have relatively easier fixtures on hand. "It could have been different, every game is completely different".

Bournemouth veteran Jermain Defore, meanwhile, took out the goal of the month award for his brilliant effort against Crystal Palace.

"The team [thoughts], tactics, [need to be] as tuned as possible". That is why they got him. Without him really well, sometimes not.

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