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Liverpool’s highly anticipated match with Manchester City on Sunday will be available to view in one billion homes around the world, according to the Premier League.

The game is the biggest Premier League fixture of the season so far, with reigning champions City top of the table, but only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

Both clubs have a global reach and sources have said the game is scheduled to be broadcast in 179 of the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations.

“I said it a few times and I can say it again, I really think the most important thing for football — the most important job of football — is entertaining the people,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday. “Because it’s only football, it’s nothing else.

“We don’t save lives, we don’t create anything, we are not good in surgeries, we are only good in football. If we would not entertain the people, why would we play it then?”It’s not always possible unfortunately and it’s always hard work, even if we’re entertaining people, it’s especially hard work. But that’s really an important thing and that’s why we have to try to create constantly or as often as possible.”

Tickets for the match are sold out, with some being sold on the secondary market starting from £300 — over five times face value.

“Liverpool is one of the two greatest teams in England and that’s why we tried to be close with them in terms of many, many things and we are closer,” City boss Pep Guardiola said.

“When you have a vision about the history of the Premier League and you start to compare it with them, to be closer with them, we should be so proud and we are.”Here it was always [Manchester] United and Liverpool and after Arsenal involved and Chelsea and now we are there.”

City last visited Anfield in April for the first leg of a Champions League quarterfinal and that game was somewhat overshadowed by events prior to kick-off.

The visitors’ bus was pelted with objects en route to the stadium and left unusable for the return journey back to Manchester.

City and Merseyside Police are taking measures this time around to ensure the focus remains on events on the pitch.

“I would like the police to go home at 4.30 p.m. with their families, drinking a beer and loving the show,” Guardiola continued. “That is what they should do.”

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Borussia Dortmund have suspended and plan to fine striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for disciplinary reasons after the club’s 0-0 home draw with Wolfsburg on Sunday, sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed.

Aubameyang, 28, has scored 13 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, but was absent when the teams were announced for their home game against Wolfsburg on Sunday as the German league restarted after the winter break.

Dortmund tweeted the news but did not explain what had happened initially, though Bild reported that he had missed a team briefing after Saturday’s training session.

However, coach Peter Stoger confirmed the report, saying: “It was an important meeting. If he does not want to be part of that, another player will be get his chance. He briefly said that he forgot it, but we all know that’s not the case.”

And Zorc further explained the decision to omit Aubameyang to ESPN FC after the match.

“Yesterday, after the team training, the team had a joint meal and afterwards an important team briefing that did not only concern today’s match but also more general aspects, like our common goals and a code of conduct — and he failed to appear.”

Zorc added: “We held very intense talks with him today and ultimately suspended him. Obviously, also monetary sanctions will ensue. Tomorrow, the coach will welcome him back in training.”

Asked, whether Aubameyang may have taken a page out of Ousmane Dembele’s book, who successfully forced a move to Barcelona by staying away from team training, Zorc replied: “I don’t know about that, I rather stick to facts than surmising. Though I have to view this in a different context now, as it is not the first misdemeanour of this sort.”

Aubameyang was also temporarily suspended in November, with Zorc revealing that punctuality problems had led to the action. Bild reported that the striker had been repeatedly late for training, including turning up 20 minutes late for final preparations ahead of the trip to Stuttgart. The striker was also suspended in November 2016 when he missed a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League for an unapproved trip to Milan against then-coach Thomas Tuchel’s wishes.

“Currently, I don’t know what is going through his mind,” Zorc said: “I do not recognise him anymore, I have to frankly say. Over the years, he was always an extroverted guy but also always served as a prime example for professionalism. He has always worked disciplined and professionally but I cannot detect that at the moment.

“[Aubameyang’s] explanation that he had forgotten the team meeting does not count in my eyes. Again, it’s not always easy for us to deal with that. After all, he has a hand in about 50 percent of our goals but at some point certain behaviour is no longer tolerable.”

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki described Aubameyang’s behaviour as “idiotic,” telling Sky after the match that he fully supports the club’s decision to suspend him.

Burki said: “The rules apply to every player regardless of how many goals he scores or prevents. The rules have to be followed and I think he knows that. [His suspension] was a logical decision.”

Asked, if the team would welcome Aubameyang back with open arms or rather with scepticism going forward, Burki responded: “Of course we would welcome him with open arms again. All this is not because of his performances in training. He always gives his best in training.

“We need him, that once again became evident today. It would be pitiful if he was to miss more games due to such idiotic behaviour.”

Aubameyang’s absence stung double on Sunday night, as Dortmund’s abject finishing kept them separated from all three points against Wolfsburg.