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Jurgen Klopp plays down De Bruyne injury
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp plays down De Bruyne injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe the injury of Kevin De Bruyne will have any impact on the title race considering Manchester City’s squad depth.

The Belgian playmaker was City’s star man last season, but he is currently facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury in training.

Most bookmakers tipped Klopp’s Liverpool ahead of the season to give the Cityzens a good run for their money. But the Reds boss has played down the injury of De Bruyne suggesting they can cope without him.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Klopp feels City have more than enough options to make up for the Belgian’s absence, and even revealed he was desperate to sign De Bruyne while at Dortmund but was thwarted by then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

When asked if the injury evens the playing field, Klopp told Sky Sports: “I think somebody who thinks like that, about a situation like that, is an a**hole, to be honest. I am not like that. First of all, I wish him the absolute very best.

“I love this player, I wanted him desperately when I was at Dortmund, and he was at Chelsea, but Jose didn’t give him to me!

Jurgen Klopp plays down De Bruyne injury

“What a season he had, what a World Cup he played. I really feel for him. They have options, of course, like they always have options, they brought in Riyad Mahrez, but they can all play in different positions.

“Bernardo Silva can play a bit deeper, Foden can play in positions, Gundogan can play in positions.

“Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality; there is still a lot there. We don’t look at the other teams, we really only try to make the best of our situation, and that will hopefully work.”

The Cityzens will square up against Huddersfield in their first home game, while Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park for the game against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

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