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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained his team selection for the massive Premier League clash against Manchester City.
The Reds will look to put their stamp on a charge for consecutive titles by beating Pep Guardiola's side at the Etihad Stadium.
And it has seen the German boss put his star trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on the pitch as well as Diogo Jota.
But Klopp has explained that he is pulling out all the stops for the massive game.
Speaking to Sky Sports before the game, the Reds boss said: “I thought it made sense. I wanted quality on the pitch. If you want to get something here you have to be brave.”
“We had a couple of days to recover, couple of days to train, couple of days to prepare and that’s the line-up we decided to go for.
“I always say if we want to get something here we have to be really brave.
“That’s an offensive line-up but if everyone is doing their job it’s an even more solid defensive formation, so we will see.”
Jota has scored seven goals in his first 10 games for the Reds since arriving from Wolves over the summer.
He was part of the combination with Salah, Mane and Firmino in the last win against Sheffield United, grabbing the winner late on.
And the manager suggested he was impressed enough by the performances to stick with his guns.
“Second half, yes. Second half I liked it, we got more and more naturally," Klopp added.
“But it’s a completely different game, obviously, different areas to play for so that was not an example we used.
“It’s just for us, in the moment, looking to use fresh legs and who is in shape, performing and stuff like this so that’s how we decided.”
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