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Hoever was named on the bench for the FA Cup 3rd Round clash against Wolves but was quickly called into action.

Hoever has made further appearances at right-back for the U23s and earned rave reviews for his part in the 4-1 thumping of reigning Premier League 2 champions Arsenal last month, too. "Everything is fine. I am completely happy with Naby", said the Liverpool boss.

"We are going to play the next game like a final, knowing we will go through in the second most important competition in England, but I don't think about it too much". But for players when I am not in doubt they don't know it and think they have to do something differently, that was in the past when we didn't know each other good enough maybe a bit more hard. I prefer to be in this position.

Liverpool now sit four points clear of City in the table despite the loss as they aim to finish the 2018-19 campaign strongly.

"From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in", said Klopp.

Get closer to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and the rest of Pep Guardiola's team. "Everyone will rotate and everyone will play".

FA Cup holders Chelsea will meet either Sheffield Wednesday or Luton in round four
FA Cup holders Chelsea will meet either Sheffield Wednesday or Luton in round four

"I said it after the game against City at home that they missed a penalty, that could have been a defeat and it wasn't, so things like that".

A source said: "The players take the plaudits and rightly so, but they are all very aware that an terrible lot of people are involved in making sure they are able to play their best game possible".

But Liverpool, who were last crowned champions in 1990, are haunted by the ghosts of the past when Steven Gerrard's slip let City steal the title from them and once again they were punished for failing to seize the moment. That we now see him working day in and day out is really cool.

"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". We take a look.

And the Reds arrived at the Etihad boasting a nine-game winning run in the league and knowing a victory would put them well clear at the top while likely killing off City's challenge.

He added: "There is really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player".