Gabriel Jesus to return in two to three weeks - Pep Guardiola

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The Sky Blues struggled to a 2-1 victory over Championship side Bristol City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday and will have had 4 days less to prepare for the game - Liverpool have not played since last Friday.

Any potential slip up by the champions elect will leave the door open for the Red Devils, who host managerless Stoke City on Monday evening.

"The irony is there were rumours Sheikh Mansour tried to buy Liverpool but was rebuffed because Liverpool thought it was a joke - and they ended up buying City".

If anything, the margin of victory flattered Liverpool - such was the dominance City had, it could have been more.

"Salah, oh Mane Mane, Roberto Firmino and we sold Coutinho", he sings. "They play really good and if you don't respect that, you have a problem", Klopp said.

His side boast a 15-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester United, but the City manager wants them to make another huge statement.

"If you can get in between the lines and at the two (City) centre halves, which I feel we can, then there are chances and goals there". Of all the mistakes in a haphazard approach to the summer transfer window - which ultimately cost Ronald Koeman his job - failing to sign a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku was the least forgivable.

It should be noted that on that occasion - 1936-37 - City won the first of their four top-flight titles.

"We know it's possible", Klopp said.

"God is always protecting you and the whole family!" The fact he has gone now and we have to think, "What have we got that is going to get the job done".

There are few players in better form in the Premier League at present, and Gareth Southgate will be paying close attention as he ponders his England World Cup squad. Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool because he felt he needed a change of surroundings, routine and guidance in order to develop into the player it was believed he would become as a 16-year-old.

Of Liverpool's other injured players, Klopp said: "Hendo [captain Jordan Henderson] is out on the pitch and training, [but] not in team training so far. I don't think it should affect us at all". "It could have been different, every game is completely different".

The visitors will surely be the favourites going into the clash, but the home side will provide stern opposition for the Premier League leaders. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.

After bringing his performance to an end, he adds: "So that's my song anyway, if we were to sing it on The Kop for the City game I'd love it".

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