Manchester City's Raheem Sterling must handle Liverpool returns better - Pep Guardiola

Oct 07, 2018, 18:44
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling must handle Liverpool returns better - Pep Guardiola

Liverpool's late midweek defeat to Napoli was the worst possible preparation for Jurgen Klopp's side ahead of a potential title clash in the Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday, with injury to Naby Keita adding the nail to the coffin.

It's early days in the Premier League but people can see Liverpool are contenders, just like we are, for the Premier League title with the money they've spent, the squad they've got and also the manager they've got.

And Klopp overall has a 57 per cent win rate against Guardiola, far better than Jose Mourinho (24 per cent) and Arsene Wenger (21 per cent).

City's all-time goalscorer Aguero has 111 top-flight goals [148] more than Salah [37], who hopes to outshine the former Atletico Madrid striker at Anfield on Sunday.

They will meet again at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool look to secure their fourth successive win over City, who now sit of the table.

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Liverpool FC have an impressive record against Manchester City and the Merseyside club haven't lost to the Eastlands outfit since 2003.

Guardiola's teams can be hard to predict as he is never shy from a tactical innovation, but we expect him to go with a full-strength 4-1-4-1 here, his most common formation. They are right. So we won the Premier League.

"I thought Liverpool were very good against Chelsea", Neville said on Sky Sports' Friday Night Football.

"The best way to protect the bus is for Liverpool fans to go into the stadium".

The general pattern from the recent fixtures between these sides (and from matches in general when Klopp faces a possession-based team) is that Liverpool start well because of their energetic pressing, but City play their way into the contest gradually. For Salah, it was the first one, so we will see in seven or eight years.

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It's time for clash of the season, as Liverpool takes on Manchester City. both teams are only separated by a margin of six goals.

Klopp has been described as Pep Guardiola's nemesis but the German insisted there is no magic formula to beating City.

"We had to change a bit tactically in the game, and worked better then, but we had the opportunity with two really good goals". In the last 15 minutes they had two big chances and scored a goal.

"Not 100% sure yet".

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