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Jurgen Klopp warns not to expect explosive Liverpool trait against Man City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned that the club’s recent trend of scoring goals for fun may not continue against Manchester City.

The two Premier League title rivals face off at Anfield on Sunday in a huge early-season clash. Both sides have kept true to their credentials so far and sit first and second, respectively.

The Reds remain the only unbeaten team in the top flight. City, though, lost that accolade last weekend with a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s last league match saw them take a point from a thrilling draw with Brentford. They scored three goals, as they have done in five of their last six games.

The other saw them put five past Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But despite carrying in an impressive goalscoring run into Sunday’s clash, Klopp insisted that replicating it against the champions will prove tough.

Asked if his attackers are in their best vein of form since he arrived, Klopp said: “I don’t know, I cannot compare. I thought actually we scored quite a few goals in the last few years, so I didn’t know that it was that much more now.

“We scored some goals, that’s true, but we also missed a lot of chances in that period.

“I’m not sure if we should expect that now against City – I know there were games when there were a lot of goals… them against us, we against them.”

Indeed, Liverpool earned famous 4-3 and 3-0 victories over City in the 2017/18 season. What’s more, both of those matches came at Anfield.

Earlier that season, though, Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Reds 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. They also kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win there after Liverpool won the title in 2020.

“We are in a good moment, let me say it like this, but that’s what you have to be to have a chance against them,” Klopp added.

“They are still, for me, the best team in Europe in the moment, so it’s a tough one.”

Klopp has Liverpool game plan

Klopp, speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Twitter), spoke of his plan to beat City again.

“We have to brave, front-footed, cheeky in moments, really your best version and then and only then you have a chance,” he said.

“So that is what we try. What we did last week or the other day was OK but we need a complex football challenge. Thank God for both teams! It’s exciting.”

After playing City, Liverpool return from the international break to face Watford, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.

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