Is Maurizio Sarri right to call Manchester City Europe's best team?

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The improving health of his squad is very encouraging for Klopp after back-to-back draws, and ahead of a nine-day break between games he can continue to manage his group sensibly.

Manchester City's manager deliberated over the former Real Madrid striker's best attributes and acknowledged that Higuain does not need much of an opportunity to score.

"The season before I signed for Liverpool, 2013-14, I was aware of Liverpool's interest in me so I was paying close attention to their matches".

"I do not see what they all say they can see in our faces", the Liverpool manager said.

But they have been held to 1-1 draws by Leicester and West Ham in their last two fixtures. Klopp believes a lack of defensive organisation at set pieces, rather than nerves, has been at the root of his side's difficulties in recent weeks.

Klopp's men recovered from the 2-1 defeat at City by beating Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Mo Salah, who struck a hat-trick when Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium earlier this season, looked relaxed as he strolled off the bus holding a laptop under his right arm. We were there, focused, physically strong. Sadio Mane, who has scored in each of his last three appearances, also took time to sign merchandise.

As reported on the official club website, defender Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a muscle injury. "It is never cool if you have to change but the goals we conceded were not because of the changes to the last line".

'We have to make one more round - but that was the plan anyway'.

"You can't have 62 points without doing really good and we have the chance to get a few more". "It was kind of predictable, and if you want to be top of the table and a champion at the end of the season you have to show in situations like that - and there are worse situations - real passion, real desire, you have to fight". If we want to be part of that tight race, we can not change that, or offer something else.

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