Sport Liverpool a top team without Coutinho - Guardiola

02:45  14 january  2018
02:45  14 january  2018 Source:   goal.com

Klopp: Coutinho saga not a distraction for Liverpool

  Klopp: Coutinho saga not a distraction for Liverpool The Brazilian continues to be linked to Barcelona, but the manager is confident his squad are not distracted by the dramaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted his players would not be distracted by the ongoing transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool remain a top , top team . “This season they played a lot of games without Coutinho for many circumstances – injuries and other reasons. Guardiola is looking forward to his latest showdown against Klopp, who he first faced during their respective spells in charge of Bayern Munich

Liverpool : Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to underline their intention to make history this City, still in the hunt for four trophies this term, could also become the first team to win a top -flight City's visit will provide evidence of whether Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho following

Philippe Coutinho - cropped: Philippe Coutinho playing for Liverpool © Provided by Goal Philippe Coutinho playing for Liverpool

Pep Guardiola does not expect Philippe Coutinho's big-money move to Barcelona to weaken Liverpool when they host his Manchester City on Sunday.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 17 games across all competitions, while Premier League leaders City have won 20 and drawn the other two of their top-flight matches this season.

They do have a significant Anfield hoodoo to overcome, having last won at the famous Merseyside ground in May 2003, but the departure of influential playmaker Coutinho for £142million earlier this week might offer grounds for encouragement.

Liverpool to offer £50 voucher to fans with 'Coutinho 10' shirts

  Liverpool to offer £50 voucher to fans with 'Coutinho 10' shirts Any fan who bought this season's shirt from the club with the Brazilian name and number on can claim a £50 voucher following his move to BarcelonaLiverpool have announced they will compensate supporters who bought a 2017-18 replica shirt with Philippe Coutinho's name and number printed on the back, after a deal was agreed for the Brazilian to join Barcelona.

Top . Liverpool actually has a better win percentage without Coutinho than with him this season (66.70 percent from nine games he didn't play, compared to 46.20 percent Tags: Roberto Firmino , Philippe Coutinho , Juergen Klopp , Adam Lallana , Sadio Mane , Mohamed Salah , Pep Guardiola .

Klopp's men are also marginally more prolific in front of goal without Coutinho , scoring 1.3 per match compared to 1.1 when he is involved. So, while Coutinho 's Liverpool contribution should not be underestimated - he top -scored with 13 last season Guardiola said last month that he was

Not, however, in the eyes of Guardiola.

"There is no doubt about the quality of Coutinho," the former Camp Nou boss told reporters. "I think Barcelona have signed a top, top player who suits perfectly the way they want to play for the last 20 years.

"Saying that, Liverpool have resources. They can go to the market and Jurgen [Klopp] knows exactly what he has to do with his team. Liverpool remain a top, top team

"This season they played a lot of games without Coutinho for many circumstances – injuries and other reasons. Always they were a good and stable team.

"That is not going to change my opinion about Liverpool on Sunday."

Guardiola is looking forward to his latest showdown against Klopp, who he first faced during their respective spells in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool wanted Coutinho on loan

  Liverpool wanted Coutinho on loan Liverpool wanted to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season. According to The Mirror, Liverpool attempted to negotiate a loan move for Coutinho as part of his record move. Coutinho completed his medical on Monday morning after it was announced over the weekend that the two clubs reached an agreement over the move. The Brazilian is now set to officially complete his £142m transfer to Barcelona this week, smashing the British transfer record. It also smashes Barcelona’s transfer record, after they paid roughly £128m for Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund last summer. Coutinho has signed a five-and-a-half year contract with Barcelona, with the Spanish side including a £345m buy-out clause in his contract. The report claims that Liverpool were hoping to keep Coutinho until the end of the season, but he was set on his dream move to the La Liga leaders. Coutinho could make his debut for Barcelona in the coming weeks.

So, while Coutinho 's Liverpool contribution should not be underestimated - he top -scored with 13 last season - Liverpool retain the services of a trio of attacking Very recently, Athletico Madrid files a complain to FIFA about Barcelona mischievously approaching Griezman without the team 's consen

“ Liverpool had a lot of resources and it remains a good team , but top clubs like Barcelona pay a lot of money and that's why he is a good player. Liverpool will begin life without Coutinho when they take on Guardiola ’s City at Anfield in a huge Premier League clash tomorrow.

Even with Coutinho out of the picture, the Catalan knows the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino represent major threats to his side, who hold a 15-point advantage over Manchester United at the Premier League summit.

"I think that when our central defenders have the ball, Salah, Mane and Firmino are going to go to take this kind of ball," he said, before acknowledging the potential impact of Liverpool's freshly minted club record signing, with whom City were also linked.

"With [Virgil] Van Dijk now their build-up will be better," Guardiola explained.

"Of course, Jurgen Klopp is a master for the counter-attack. They are a team who, with three or four touches they arrive in the finishing area.

"When we lose the ball in dangerous positions we have to control Salah and Mane because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.

"Maybe now they don't have the talent of Coutinho in the middle but [Georginio] Wijnaldum, Emre Can and [Adam] Lallana – these are guys who have energy and are strong. They are good on set pieces

Liverpool dropped Coutinho asking price - Mestre

  Liverpool dropped Coutinho asking price - Mestre A significant drop in the asking price prompted Barcelona to complete a deal for Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho.Barcelona sporting director Jordi Mestre has revealed a drop in the cost of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool was key to his arrival at Camp Nou, with the Anfield club keen to keep the price under wraps.

Although Coutinho will no longer be able to provide the trio with ammunition, they still have the speed and guile to trouble Pep Guardiola 's side at the back. Van Dijk enjoyed a dramatic debut for his new team in the FA Cup, scoring late on against Everton to earn Liverpool a derby victory.

Where Liverpool 's quest for the top 4 stands without Coutinho (1:52). Having five attack-minded players works for Guardiola but his team dominate possession to such an extent that you sometimes feel they could play with no defenders and still not concede, simply because the opponent often

"I think Liverpool play like Liverpool was in the past, in all their history. Their fans demand attacking football."

Defeat at Anfield would still leave City as heavy favourites to collect a third Premier League title in seven seasons, but Guardiola had not started crunching numbers.

"I am not thinking about how many points left to be champion or how many games left to make a big crash," he added.

"I never spoke with the players, saying we need to win seven, eight or nine games to be champion or you have to drop so many games to not be champion.

"Liverpool, what they do, what we are and what we have to do to beat them - that is the point. Always we will be judged on the results.

"In sports everything can happen. Of course, we can lose the title because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games we have to play.

"It is simple like that. Just focus on the next one – that is the best advice I can give to my players."

Klopp in no rush to replace Coutinho .
Liverpool are searching for a Philippe Coutinho replacement, but manager Jurgen Klopp is in no rush.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinted the Premier League club may not replace Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.

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