Jurgen Klopp says he has complete faith that Dejan Lovren can step into the boots of injured Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho.
Lovren, 26, will make his first Premier League start for more than two months in Saturday evening’s clash with leaders Manchester City.
The former Southampton defender, who cost the Reds £20million, will partner Martin Skrtel at The Etihad with Sakho ruled out with knee-ligament damage.
“With Dejan, there will be absolutely no problem,” Klopp said.
“These two guys (Skrtel and Lovren) are healthy and everything is good.
“Dejan has done a really good job since I’ve come in here.
“I saw his first game for Liverpool – it was against Dortmund when we lost by four. He was brilliant on this day.
“I’d heard not the best things about him since but during my time here he’s looked strong and everything is okay.
“As long as these two guys are feeling good we don’t have a big problem. Mamadou is not 20 weeks out, it will be earlier than that so that’s good for us too.”