They will then return to Premier League action away at Brighton, before back-to-back home dates with Crystal Palace and Leicester bring their January schedule to a close.
The Merseyside outfit will take on Brighton in their next Premier League game after their FA Cup third-round fixture against Wolves on Monday night.
However, I remain optimistic as to what rewards Jurgen Klopp and his players will have for their efforts come May.
"When they face a strong side, like Liverpool, you can see that the City players are not able to defend properly".
A run of nine straight league wins had given Liverpool a commanding lead at the top of the table as they edged towards a first top flight title since 1989/90, particularly after City suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester to begin the festive season.
The German added: "We only scored more goals, but the possession was at least 60:40 for them in all the games but we won them". My assessment of the game was positive - not of the result but of the game.
Klopp's men reached the Champions League final last season and Liverpool as a club have won only one trophy in the last decade. "You can not blink. You get punished, all the games are high tension, so you have to be careful all the time and everyone who was involved had the same feeling, the same sensation".
"I have already said to the boys this is OK. It is something when you taste it, you go, "wow, I want more of that".
Guardiola said: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been nearly out and we played knowing we were in or we were out".
"Having people in reserve is a great option for a manager but Nat Clyne, for instance, is at that age where he has to be playing". I think those two teams are head and shoulders above.
My experience is multiplied by tens of thousands, not just in Jamaica but in Africa, Asia, North, Central and South America, and indeed across every continent where football remains the king of Sports. "It's a shame but that's football; it's the way things are".