Liverpool team news LIVE: Press conference updates as Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of Man City clash

<p>Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp</p>

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is set to address the media this afternoon ahead of his team’s Premier League match against Manchester City on Sunday.

The manager is expected to reflect upon the Reds’ victory over Porto in the Champions League from earlier this week, while previewing the meeting with Man City and offering updates on the fitness of some key players. On Tuesday, Liverpool were 5-1 winners away to Porto, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scoring twice and Sadio Mane rounding out the result. That win extended the side’s unbeaten run at the start of this new season to nine games.

Upcoming opponents Man City have stuttered here and there since the beginning of their campaign, including on Tuesday evening when they were beaten 2-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital, but Pep Guardiola’s players achieved an impressive 1-0 win against Chelsea in their most recent Premier League outing, dragging themselves into the title race. They sit second in the table on 13 points, one behind leaders Liverpool, who could be without Trent Alexander-Arnold again after his absence in Paris, while Klopp should reveal whether or not Thiago Alcantara can return this weekend from his recent calf injury.

Follow live updates from the Liverpool manager’s press conference, below.

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On James Milner filling in at right back:

“James plays the position exceptionally well because he is a smart footballer. The way we play the right back is influential, has a lot of possession. At the moment he is ok to play there. We haven’t made a decision yet but if he plays there, he is just a very important part of the squad. In the dressing room he is very influential and it’s nice he also has the engine to be influential too. I’m really happy he has the opportunity to play in these types of games because it shows his whole spectrum. He can pretty much do everything.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:52

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Klopp gives a lengthy response to the upcoming international break and quarantine periods for players coming back from red-list countries. He confirms that Alisson, Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Kostas Tsimikas are scheduled to play in red-list countries next week.

“There’s no final decision. There’s the 10-day quarantine, but in a hotel with food delivered to their door. It’s not ok.

“If that’s the solution I don’t know where it’s coming from. In our situation we’re talking about the Brazilian players, Tsimikas and Mane. It would mean they are away for the break, then the quarantine, then a week later there is another international break.

“For me it’s not a solution. Brazil is on the red list for England, but not for France, Germany and Spain. All the other countries could send their players.

“It means the players are always in bubbles. What I really don’t like is it’s not properly thought through by the Government. They cannot have all the information.

“We take care of our players when they are here. They come to training and then go home. They don’t need to go to the hotels. The Premier League needs to fight for their players. If the situation in Brazil is that bad, then ok, but then why are Germany and France ok?”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:47

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“I have so many people in the club who would produce better words on his impact. Yesterday I spent time with Kenny Dalglish and a few other guys. Obviously they know more.

“He was one of the most influential strikers in England and Europe, that’s what I know. I never met him but we will all miss him. He was a true legend of this club.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:40

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On Liverpool’s unbeaten start.

“It’s a bit early to be taking a point. The start has been ok but we carry on. If we win I would think, ‘Now that looks like a proper start’. But then it’s Watford, Atletico, Manchester United. I’m not interested in the start, I’m only interested in doing the best season. We’re only a few games in so let’s carry on.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:38

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“We’ve liked the football we have played but we haven’t played City yet. And they haven’t played us. This is a really special game, every year it’s always the same.

“It has to be high intensity. You have to be brave, front-footed, cheeky in moments, produce our best work. Only then will we have a chance.

“We have to show a lot of things on Sunday and that is a complex football challenge. Thank God for both teams – that’s what makes it so exciting.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:37

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Klopp asked on the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“We have three options. James Milner, Joe Gomez, Nico Williams. We could change the system – we’ve had the time to train this week – and we have options. Whoever plays at right back will be protected by two players and should not be scared.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:35

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“We’ve scored a lot of goals recently but we’ve also missed chances. I don’t think we should expect this against City but we are in a good shape. That’s what we have to be to have a chance against them.

“For me they are the best team in Europe at the moment. Last weekend everyone was talking about Chelsea but City were clearly better.

“To win we have to score goals and we are confident, but to win we have to defend well to make sure the goals make a difference.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:33

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“It’s a big game. The match against PSG was a really good football game and they will strike back. The way City dominated PSG says a lot about their quality.

“It’s Anfield, and we are really looking forward to it.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:31

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“I don’t want to be James Bond,” he says. “Maybe as kid. I would be a bad James Bond. If I walked out the water in swimshorts the whole world would switch off.”

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:30

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We’re on time! Here’s Jurgen Klopp.

And the first question is about James Bond…

Jamie Braidwood1 October 2021 12:29

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