Forward set to return vs Liverpool, midfielder also fit, youngster could start
- Author: Michelle Webb Jan 08, 2019,
Jan 08, 2019, 1:18
"We want to become a top club and you can not deny any game, we can not drop any competition". I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that's the decision you have to make.
Guardiola said: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been nearly out and we played knowing we were in or we were out".
Keita, 23, has made 18 appearances for the Premier League side this season, although just 10 of those have been starts since he arrived from RB Leipzig in July a year ago.
Further forward, the Reds are likely to make significant changes in midfield to rotate, give minutes to those who have been sub recently and keep involvement high for the squad players.
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If Klopp does make lots of changes that still means his defence could feature Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno, his midfield at least two of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Naby Keita or Fabinho, and an attack with Daniel Sturridge and Zherdan Shaqiri.
"Everything is fine, I'm completely happy with Naby". It's a very important competition but we have to make sure we can play with the right intensity. It was the first one in the league but we lost three or four games before [this season], so no special thing.
"Sometimes playing every three days in December it is nearly impossible in that rhythm but against Liverpool the stadium was sold out, the people were closer to us than I have ever seen before".
"What I can say is that he's trained really well and I know he's going to fit in really well. There's so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game".
Krawietz does not know who the favourites are in the Champions League tie, and has revealed that the Liverpool players want to achieve what a lot of the Bayern Munich players have done in recent seasons. "That we can see him day in, day out is really cool". Only Lovren has played all the games the last few weeks.