'Proud' Pep Guardiola praises players despite loss against Liverpool

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane will be seeking a big season after missing out on the German squad for the World Cup

Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane will be seeking a big season after missing out on the German squad for the World Cup

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah is injury free after the Egypt worldwide marked his return with a goal in the global Champions Cup win over Manchester City. Sadio Mané is also back, and also scoring goals.

Both Liverpool and City's pre-season preparations in the United States have been disrupted by the absence of several key players who starred in the World Cup.

The striker was delighted to wear his favourite number for the first time when he came off the bench to score a stoppage-time victor from the spot against Manchester City.

"For 75 minutes, it was incredible what we did with the players we have".

Klopp is yet to lift any silverware in three years at Anfield despite leading his team to the League Cup final in 2016, the Europa League final the same year and last season's Champions League final.

"The problem is you have to invest well and, honestly, I think they did very well, because every player they bought are quality players and I'm happy for them".

Fernandinho was outstanding there last season, of course, even contributing five goals and three assists, but he turned 33 in May and heads into his sixth season at the club having played almost a thousand more Premier League minutes than any other City player since 2013/14. In the first half, we had a very young average age.

Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luis left battles over the ball with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze
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The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Sergio Aguero have enjoyed extended breaks following the World Cup.

"As football trainers we are always in a unsafe position".

"We are happy as a club to have 16 players out and the most with their national teams, that's a good sign for the club".

"We are going to adapt, it's a simple as that".

Whether they can continue to march onwards remains to be seen but a good result in this match will provide plenty more fuel to the Reds growing beliefs.

New head coach Sarri, who replaced the sacked Antonio Conte on July 14, was satisfied with some of his side's display but felt they should have won by a more comfortable margin.

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