Guardiola Backs Man City To Survive Liverpool Test, Continue Unbeaten Run

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Commenting on the kind of reception former Red Raheem Sterling would get from Liverpool fans, Guardiola said: "It's not the first time he's been back".

By this point, Alexis Sanchez could be playing for a team in Manchester (not necessarily City!), though, and from a pure talent standpoint, Arsenal simply doesn't hold a candle to City. For us it's a real test, going to Anfield, one of the most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world so we'll try to put on a good performance, it's a big game for us.

Liverpool will be aiming to become the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season. The pair were instrumental in Leicester's 2015-16 title triumph alongside Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez but have both since decamped to Stamford Bridge, where Kante became a title victor again last season.

Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in their last 30 fixtures in the Premier League, but that is not to say that a Liverpool side minus their former star man can not end their hopes of being forever known as City's invincibles.

"I am focused on the game against Liverpool".

Being the perfectionist that he is, Pep Guardiola may have been mildly irked not to have broken the previous top-flight record for consecutive wins he had set with his Bayern side.

Since losing to Tottenham on October 22, Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions and 13 in the league, their best run under Jurgen Klopp.

They thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad early in the season.

Liverpool will start life without Philippe Coutinho after he joined Barcelona officially on Monday.

No side can be expected to keep pace with the Citizens so far this season, but Liverpool represent a realistic slip up for the champions in waiting, and a positive head to head result for the likes of Chelsea and United in their meetings to come way just keep things interesting.

Crucially for Liverpool's chances of derailing the leaders, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, who missed the last two matches with a groin problem, is fit and available for selection.

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is wonderful".

Van Dijk headed in an 84th-minute victor and was a generally commanding figure alongside Joel Matip and the pair are more than likely set to resume their partnership against City, regardless of what Klopp said today. "You need to show up".

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