Fellow guest Matthew Upson said few could rival City's squad in terms of quality, but their lack of European success - with only a single Champions League semi-final to their name to date - still held them back.
'We have to make one more round - but that was the plan anyway'.
"They drew at Anfield a couple of years ago, so we've got to be careful and we've got to know where their strengths are - which we will, we do that every week for every opponent".
And he says he is impressed with job boss Eddie Howe has done in transforming them from lower-league strugglers into Premier League mainstays.
"Clyney has gone there and done brilliantly for them and I am sure Dom will be a fantastic signing".
"King, Wilson, Fraser... all the way through, they have a good team and have caused us problems over the last couple of years", Lallana considers.
"But the way they play, the players they have, to watch - yes".
"I do not see what they all say they can see in our faces", the Liverpool manager said. "I still feel I have got a big part to play in this run-in, contributing towards the team achieving what we want to achieve".
This weekend, therefore, is set up as another test for Liverpool in their pursuit of the title, and having dropped behind Man City on goal difference, three points are a must at Anfield. I knew this would be a really tough race and here we are.
The sides have each seen nine players walk prematurely down the tunnel thanks to Dean's control of the game, nearly a fifth (18.2%) of his Premier League sendings off.