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CITY v LIVERPOOL: OPPOSITION VIEW

21 January 2016

LIVERPOOL

Nickname: The Reds
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
2014-15: 6th
Ground: Anfield

IN THE NEWS

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's young players are best served staying at the club to continue their football education under his tutelage.

Speaking after he opted for a largely inexperienced side in their FA Cup replay against Exeter City, Klopp said: "It's a long way [to go] for these young boys.



"You have to develop individually but you have to develop as a team, you have to learn your position and you have to show you can work together with the team.

"We will keep them here, work with them and I am sure the way will be shorter for them."

STAR PLAYER
Left-back Alberto Moreno has been one of Liverpool's most consistent performers in an inconsistent season.

The Spain international has clocked up 29 appearances in all competitions and drew praise from Jurgen Klopp shortly after the German took over at Anfield.



Moreno, 23, was signed by previous boss Brendan Rodgers for a reported £12m from La Liga side Sevilla in August 2014.

He was man of the match in City's 1-1 draw at Anfield back in September, assisting Danny Ings' for Liverpool's goal that afternoon prior to Russell Martin's leveller.

LAST TIME OUT
Liverpool cruised into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup in midweek, beating Exeter City 3-0 in their replay at Anfield.

The Merseysiders were forced into playing a second game to decide the tie having been held to a 2-2 draw at St James' Park earlier this month.



Joe Allen's 10th-minute opener set them on their way on Wednesday, but they didn't extend their lead before half-time despite dominating the play.

Sheyi Ojo's excellent second half strike put the contest beyond Exeter's reach before Joao Teixeira finished off the scoring with a tidy finish eight minutes from time.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Simon Mignolet, Adam Bogdan, Ryan Fulton, Danny Ward.

Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Enrique, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Steven Caulker, Tiago Ilori, Kevin Stewart, Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan, Ryan McLaughlin, Brad Smith, Conor Randall, Joe Maguire, Daniel Cleary, Conor Masterson.

Midfielders: James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson (c), Adam Lallana, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can, Joe Allen, Cameron Brannagan, Jordan Ibe, Ryan Kent, Jack Dunn, Jordan Rossiter, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Sheyi Ojo, Pedro Chirivella.

Attackers: Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Jerome Sinclair.



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