Could Liverpool be the side to end City's unbeaten season?

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And he has now set a new benchmark, City having won six and drawn one of their seven Premier League matches in December.

Guardiola, though, wants nothing to distract his players as they prepare for Sunday's Premier League visit to Liverpool, and continue their pursuit of four trophies.

"Yesterday (Thursday) he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat and at the end the news is quite good", Guardiola revealed.

"We know Manchester City's quality, we know that they're running away with [the league] at the minute, but I think, on their day, Liverpool can match anybody", McAteer told the Liverpool website.

Salah, who has scored 23 goals in all competitions for Liverpool so far this season, limped off with a groin injury against Leicester thereby missing the Reds' league clash against Burnley and Everton in the FA Cup. "They play really good and if you don't respect that, you have a problem", Klopp said.

"To see ourselves, when we arrive in Basel, knockout games - how is our behaviour?" "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three", he said.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there".

From how Liverpool can beat City, to who each side should look to sign in the January transfer window, we round up the best of our big match preview content. This kind of game shows how your mentality is. "The lads have to go home and think we can kick on form this performance".

"It's interesting to play against City".

The Portuguese has been embroiled in a war of words with Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, whose side host Leicester City on Saturday when a victory would see them provisionally move above United into second. Bristol City adopted a similar strategy in midweek and Lee Johnson's reward for being adventurous at the Etihad Stadium was forced errors out of Eliaquim Mangala and John Stones, which contributed to the Championship side's opening goal.

Either way, this is a Liverpool side who are capable of scoring goals in quick succession and it can be the difference between another game without defeat for City and losing for the first time in the Premier League since April 5.

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