Manchester City and Liverpool battle early today as the Premier League title hopefuls face off at the Etihad Stadium.
Both sides sit in the top four after collecting seven points from their opening three games, though City are still seeking a first home win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.
Conversely, Liverpool have won both their home games – including a 4-0 demolition of Arsenal – but drew their only away game in a chaotic 3-3 clash at Watford on the opening day of the campaign.
A win for either Guardiola or Klopp in today’s early kick-off would send the victors top – at least before Manchester United play later in the day – though neither manager will want to lose further ground on Jose Mourinho’s leaders.
The only injury doubt for Guardiola’s City remains Ilkay Gundogan, with the midfielder being given plenty of time to find fitness following last season’s serious knee injury.
Klopp confirmed that while Philippe Coutinho – yet to play for Liverpool this season following his transfer request amid Barcelona’s unsuccessful interest – looks “really promising” back in training after playing for Brazil on international duty, starting him against Man City “does not make sense”.
Klopp may well prefer to stick with the same players who overran Arsenal at Anfield before the international break, but he also has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to call on following his £40million move from Arsenal.
Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring) are expected to miss out, but Klopp said the rest of his international players are fit after returning to Melwood.
Klopp rested Simon Mignolet against Arsenal, but is still likely to start the Belgian goalkeeper ahead of Loris Karius against City.