Huge demand made after massive Liverpool win over Man City

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed  Liverpool will be resting players during the Merseyside derby, ahead of the second leg between Liverpool and Manchester City.

He thinks that Jurgen Klopp will want to make sure his best players are not only injury free, but also rested ahead of the game, and that the Reds know the Champions League second leg is their priority.

He said: “I don’t think this is important to Liverpool. I just think they need to rest players. 

“There was a lot of hard work put into that [City] game and players worked their socks off, the nerves, the energy, everything. 

“It’s a quick turnaround, back into training for a little light warm down and they’re playing Saturday morning. 

“Before you know it you’re back in again and working for Tuesday’s game. For me he has to rest players. 

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“Salah won’t play. Definitely won’t. Touch and go if he plays Tuesday and you’ve got to look at other players. 

“Surely Firmino and Mane can’t play in this game because if Salah isn’t playing you can’t afford one of them to get injured.

“If two get injured out of three, that’s where all the defensive work starts from. They’re the best in the business them three in my opinion for closing down at the front. 

“The other thing is, if you ain’t got two of them it’ll just be relentless. For 90 or 94 minutes, however long it takes, Man City will just be wave after wave. 

“He [Klopp] has been in the country long enough now to know that every game’s a hard game and he needs to rest these players.”

Kevin De Bruyne vs Leicester

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City retrieves the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Second leg

Of course, the tie is far from over and Man City manager Pep Guardiola will know his side have a huge amount to do – but they cannot give up hope.

As Barcelona showed last season, it’s not impossible to come back from huge losses, and it could well be the case that City do that to Liverpool in the second leg, although shutting them out and stopping the likes of Salah and co from getting that huge away goal is easier said than done.

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