Liverpool manger Jurgen Klopp has praised Manchester City’s attacker Raheem Sterling ahead of the weekend.
The Reds welcome City to Anfield for a pivotal Premier League clash in the final game before the international break.
Klopp’s side sit top of the table with a six-point cushion over second-placed City and it feels like it could be a pivotal fixture already in the title race so early in the season.
Sterling, who was left Liverpool in 2015, has gone on to become a top-class player at the Etihad Stadium and is thriving under manager Pep Guardiola.
The left-winger has scored a remarkable 14 goals in 16 games across all competitions so far this season, as well as chipping in with five assists.
Klopp believes that the England international has made big improvements in his game and feels he is a key threat ahead of the weekend.
“He has always been a big threat. He is improving and improving and improving. Good for Man City and England. This morning I saw a goal he scored here against Man City… it was a nice one as well! I can’t think anything bad about him. Outstanding,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool know they have the attacking firepower to give anybody a game and they have looked excellent in the league so far, but they are now preparing for their biggest test against the reigning champions.
Klopp has seen his team’s defence slack off in the past month and they will be punished if they are not on top of their game against a ruthless City.
Sterling is an obvious threat when it comes to scoring and he’s become such a better instinctive finisher around the penalty area.
It’s going to be up to Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to do a job on his England colleague and he will have the advantage of knowing him well.