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"Honestly, I don't know", Guardiola told a news conference when asked if City can catch Jurgen Klopp's side.

"But with the knowledge the opponent is, for me, still the best team in the world".

Klopp was keen to push aside the hype, saying he saw it "as a normal game against Manchester City". Pep Guardiola should not risk doing that. There's no secret, whatever we know and then I have to decide if I give other information on top or not.

Guardiola's obsession with Liverpool and Klopp in particular is not surprising.

So, it's City going for broke against a Liverpool team looking to hit on the break.

Guardiola doesn't get a lot wrong.

There's just under half a season to go, so there's plenty of football to be played and City have spent the first half unlucky with injuries. The in-form Mohamed Salah, particularly, may relish the prospect of running at City's makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. Laporte could be tasked with trying to stop the Egyptian again on Thursday night.

How do you call this one?

"We didn't win it but the ride there was unbelievable, the journey was unbelievable". As the game goes on, I just don't see how Liverpool don't go on to win it.

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany admitted the Premier League champions' pride has been wounded by a recent shock run of three defeats in four Premier League games to fall seven points behind league leaders Liverpool.

It is because the pressure is greater, especially with the home team aiming to close down a seven-point deficit. Direct clashes between leading teams have a major impact towards the end of the season.

The Argentinian has scored six goals in his 13 league appearances against Liverpool down the years, and has always proved a handful with his speed and strength, as well as his clinical eye for goal.

He set up his team more conservatively than usual in their 0-0 draw at Anfield in October. Guardiola does not fear teams but he certainly respects them.

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. They have conceded only eight goals so far, which is noteworthy in any of Europe's top five leagues.

City will have analysed Liverpool's 5-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday and noticed a few things. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have both been sidelined recently but they remain defensively strong.

Eventually, Unai Emery had to bin that tactic because it became so unsafe for Arsenal.

"I think we got rid, finally, of the backpack when we reached the Champions League final", he said. He is key to their system. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.

I'm sure Tottenham fans will unashamedly applaud the valour of Liverpool's board in backing its manager; while, Arsenal will feel it may have had some hope of competing if they had also shopped in the aisles of Harrods rather than Poundland.

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