Liver­pool shift their fo­cus to City

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JUER­GEN Klopp vows a dif­fer­ent Liver­pool side will show up for this week­end’s top-ofthe-ta­ble showdown with Manch­ester City.

Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with seven straight wins, Liver­pool have stum­bled through three win­less per­for­mances over the past 10 days.

Their lat­est set­back came on Wed­nes­day with a 1-0 Cham­pi­ons League loss at Napoli in which they con­ceded in the 90th minute and failed to reg­is­ter a shot on tar­get.

And things don’t get any eas­ier with cham­pi­ons Man City head­ing to An­field on Sun­day.

“We have three days to re­cover and then we have Man City,” Klopp said af­ter the loss in Italy.

Four straight league wins have moved City above Liver­pool in the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence, with both on 19 points. But City have won just one of 10 meet­ings be­tween the two, that a 5-0 drub­bing last sea­son.

“It’s a big game,” City cap­tain Vin­cent Kompany said. “Both teams are at the top of the league at the mo­ment.

“It’s too early to be defin­ing but it cer­tainly has the feel­ing that a lot more is at play than the three points.

“They are cer­tainly a team in form and are play­ing at home – it will cer­tainly be a dif­fi­cult game for us.”

Third-placed Chelsea can move closer to at least one of the teams in front of them when they visit Southamp­ton, while Tot­ten­ham host win­less Cardiff City and Ar­se­nal go for a sixth straight league win at Ful­ham.

Manch­ester United look to get their sea­son back on track when they host win­less New­cas­tle United.

United have made their worst start to a cam­paign since 1992.| dpa

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