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Sadio Mane admitted he had no regrets about not joining Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund

LIVERPOOL MANAGER Jurgen Klopp defended Pep Guardiola, saying the Manchester City boss was having to deal with a weaker squad and a more competitive Premier League.

"Actually, I can't remember a not-important game in the Premier League, to be honest", Klopp said.

Guardiola has built arguably the greatest attacking force now in the Premier League - with Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Nolito all top class offensive options - but his defensive unit is remarkably poor.

Manchester City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 games in all competitions against Liverpool, shipping 23 in the process (W2 D4 L6).

The victory against City left them six points below leaders Chelsea, but they have won just three of their nine matches since and continue to fluctuate between bewitching and bewildering. "I think it makes sense to see it as a real opportunity and not to push some special pressure on it".

"The reason why is because he didn't play games because he was injured", manager Pep Guardiola said.

The final stages of the season promise to not only have an impact on who we bring in during the summer transfer window but also who we let go.

"There are always steps in this direction, and it's about consistency at the moment".




"I said at the beginning we can not have the history of this fantastic club in our backpack".

"It (Monaco) was not the result we wanted".

"He has played almost the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay".

Yet Klopp believes there are plenty of positives to take for City, declaring that "the consolation" with this squad and Guardiola's Barcelona tenure serves as "the ideal role model for a win-win situation".

City have lost 4-1, 3-0 and 1-0 during that time - though there was a Capital One Cup triumph over the Reds - and Sterling had fairly quiet games.

"It will be good to see how everybody reacts, myself and the players, after going out of the Champions League".

"Emre has an outstanding attitude", said Klopp. No player has scored 10+ goals in every season they have played in as often as the Argentine - the next highest is Eric Cantona, who scored 10+ goals in all five of his Premier League seasons as a player. He by no means comes across as a player ruled by money but that is seemingly the image many have created of him.

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