Pep Guardiola previews Man City v Liverpool

03 January, 2019, 00:26 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Guardiola knows the size of his team's task, however, against an opponent on course to match Arsenal's achievement in 2003-04 of going unbeaten in the Premier League season.

However, former Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling, who was a star of City's own record-breaking side that finished last season with 100 points and 106 goals, warned that his side are confident of beating the Reds.

But Pep Guardiola had a boost to his plans on Wednesday when Belgian playmaker De Bruyne trained with the squad.

The Sky Blues are coming on the back of a 3-1 win over Southampton but will be cautious in their approach as they face high-flying Liverpool, who are still the only English team yet to be beaten this season in the Premier League. "Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it".

"The reality is clear so we have seven points down so it will be the second game of the second leg [of the season], so there a lot of points to play for". City's problems at left-back remain, however, with Benjamin Mendy injured and Fabian Delph suspended.

"Our pride has been hurt over recent weeks but we have everything to play for".

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"We are very excited because it's a very interesting, difficult, game we have to play". City are, it must be said, on a different level to those two sides and Klopp will be fearful of his side being overrun in the centre.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is in contention to return after a minor muscular injury.

And in terms of Liverpool's forwards, the City boss sees Roberto Firmino as the biggest threat in need of closing down, while Sadio Mane will be targeted as the man who holds onto the ball too long.

City have not beaten Liverpool in their last four attempts - with three defeats last season, including losing home and away in the Champions League. We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be fearless, full of desire, angry - all that stuff, like in all the other games.

Kompany, though, called on his side to avenge a painful Champions League quarter-final exit to Liverpool last season.

The last meeting between the sides was 0-0 at Anfield in October, when Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty - how costly that looks now! It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'. Early points dropped against Southampton and Swansea showed why they were 33/1 outsiders to get their hands on the title.

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