Pep Guardiola’s high-flying City took to Merseyside having gone 10 rounds with Championship side Bristol City in the League Cup on Tuesday night, providing a reminder of their mortality.
City still won 2-1 in their first-leg clash at Ashton Gate, but the performance of Lee Johnson’s south-west outfit proved taking the sword to the champions-elect may be the best approach.
With Van Dijk sidelined with a minor hamstring injury however, Klopp’s emphasis was on attack, with a strong forward charge expected this afternoon.
Liverpool have only lost once in their last 26 home clashes with City in the league, with a 14-game unbeaten run extending back to 2003.
While the loss of Coutinho and City’s imperious form this campaign threaten to undermine this, Klopp’s starting lineup on Sunday is certainly strong enough to challenge the status quo.
Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sane, Sterling, Aguero
Substitutes: Bravo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Danilo, D Silva, B Silva, Diaz