A little injury here, a little injury there, and it was kind of a little setback. It's nice we can see him day in, day out. It's so good and I am really looking forward to our common future because see if you see it every day, wow, there is so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game, so that's all good. That's how football decisions are.
"We've had these boys with the squad and they're versatile, can play different positions, and that makes it really interesting".
The wristwatches were said to have been engraved with "Centurions 2018" - following their remarkable record breaking 2017/18 Premier League success, as they won the title with 100 points.
"So we know their avenues are going to be through cup competitions like this".
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"We had to make a few changes already, it was clear".
Another of those is Adam Lallana, who has also had his struggles with injuries. In training it was close, do we start him or not. That's how it sometimes starts - when you are really needed then it is only about if you are good enough and not how old you are. In fact, the highest quality players are at City.
Asked about the potential length of time Lovren is facing on the sidelines, Klopp replied: "I don't know in this moment". "I am pretty sure of that". "This is a good prospect for the coming months and years".
However, both Guardiola and Redmond would later say that it was a positive exchange and that the Spaniard was complimenting the player and telling him to be more direct while in possession though he admitted that he should not have approached the player in such a way.
"Don't get me wrong, I still love to watch the way City play".
A source said: "The players take the plaudits and rightly so, but they are all very aware that an bad lot of people are involved in making sure they are able to play their best game possible".