The evening headlines from Manchester City on Monday, November 4.
Sterling speculation dismissed
The Manchester Evening News understands that Man City have no plans to sell Raheem Sterling amid speculation of a swap deal with Real Madrid.
Sky Sports News had suggested Real Madrid were planning an audacious offer for the England international for Gareth Bale plus £70m.
Sterling is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2023 and the club have no reason to sell the 24-year-old.
While reports of interest in Bale appear wide of the mark with 30-year-old not on the radar for the Premier League champions.
Klopp fires back at Pep Guardiola
The war of words between Man City and Liverpool is already underway ahead of the crunch Premier League clash between the two sides on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola had suggested Liverpool star Sadio Mane was a ‘diver’ in his post-match interview after the Southampton win on Saturday.
Now, Klopp has responded to Guardiola’s comments in his pre-match press conference for their Champions League clash against Genk.
“I am not in a Man City mood at the moment,” he started, before hitting back at Guardiola’s claim.
“Do I like that he says about one of our players? I’m not 100% sure he spoke about Sadio or us in general, maybe he only mixed the words ‘he’ and ‘them’. I didn’t hear Sadio’s name.
“I don’t know how he could have known about the incident so soon after the game. Sadio is not a diver. It was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got a contact and he went down. Maybe it’s not a penalty but there was contact, it’s not like jumping over a leg and pretending he hit you.”
Liverpool star misses training
Jordan Henderson was absent from training as Liverpool prepared for their Champions League tie with Genk and in the week of the Man City game.
The Liverpool skipper wasn’t part of the squad who trained at Melwood on Monday afternoon despite playing 90 minutes against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Klopp didn’t speak about his captain at the press conference so it’s unknown if he’ll be available for Liverpool’s game on Tuesday night.
Richard backs City for the title
Ex-Manchester City defender Micah Richards is confident his ex-club will do another to win the Premier League title this season.
Richards thinks that City will be crowned champions for the third season in a row as an injury to one of Liverpool’s attackers could be costly.
“I think City will win the Premier League this season,” he told Bwin. “They’ve made it hard for themselves with the current situation at centre back, but City always do things the hard way.
“I would never back against City because the quality that they’ve got in the squad can turn a game on its head and the manager knows how to get the best out of every player.
“[Kevin] De Bruyne was a huge miss last season, but now he’s fully fit he’ll be like a new player and is pivotal in the way City like to play.
“I have to give respect to Liverpool because they are playing really well but if they pick up an injury to one of their key men, then the team loses some balance.
“If [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane or [Roberto] Firmino gets injured, it would massively impact the way they play and make it difficult for them to maintain that level.”
Referee confirmed for Man City game
Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle for the game between Liverpool and Man City on Sunday.
Oliver has taken charge of two Liverpool games, their 4-1 win against Norwich and 2-1 win against Chelsea.
While he has reffed two Man City game so far this campaign – the 2-2 draw against Tottenham and the 3-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park.
With Oliver in charge, Liverpool have won 23 out of 40 games. City have a much better record with the Englishman in the middle, winning 23 out of 32 encounters.