"I always have been a big fan, he is having an awesome season with Liverpool".
David Silva will be available to face Liverpool on Sunday after his third personal absence in recent weeks.
Other than that, City only have long-term injuries to worry about, barring any unforeseen late issues.
Neither side have any suspensions.
And Ilkay Gundogan, who worked with Klopp whilst the two were at Dortmund, also revealed that he rejected Liverpool in favour of joining Man City that same summer.
Fabian Delph has done a fine job at left-back in Mendy's absence, while Sergio Aguero is scoring enough goals to keep Guardiola's concerns about his conversion rate at bay.
Mohamed Salah has missed the last two games due to a groin injury.
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Alberto Moreno was back with the group on Thursday following an ankle lay-off, but is not likely to be involved on the weekend. Captain Jordan Henderson remains sidelined, while Nathaniel Clyne continues to be a long-term absentee.
With the gap now at 18 the Reds are playing to prove a point but Klopp would like nothing better than to inflict a first league defeat of the season on City. It is such an important game to see if we are able to do big things - especially in the Champions League stages.
There have only been five longer unbeaten streaks in the top flight than City's current run of 30 matches.
While Liverpool have been unable to prevent Philippe Coutinho from leaving for Barcelona and Tottenham were forced to admit they would be unable to keep Harry Kane against his will, the only door open at Manchester City for players in their prime is marked "in".
"But goals you would like to think that if he starts to work on his calmness, pose, do what you have to do, he is going to destroy teams even more so than what he is doing right now because I think he missed more goals than he scored". It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world.