Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne could face Liverpool, says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne could face Liverpool, says Pep Guardiola

But ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp's men to the Etihad on Thursday, Kompany issued a rallying cry to the City squad and fans to keep fighting to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.

England's top two sides meet in Manchester on Friday morning (Singapore time) in the biggest game of the season so far, with Liverpool seven points clear of City at the EPL summit. A year ago we beat them 5-0 here.

Salah is crucial to Liverpool's hopes this season, so if Laporte can restrict him somewhat, it will affect Liverpool's chances of walking away from Manchester with three points in the bag.

With no new injury worries troubling his preparations, Klopp said: It's a normal game against Manchester City, a very hard one - one of the most hard ones you can play in the modern football world, away at City.

Liverpool start this game as underdogs, but I think they're actually good value here.

"Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League - but in the league not many people could touch them". Early points dropped against Southampton and Swansea showed why they were 33/1 outsiders to get their hands on the title.

"Would I say they are the best team in the world if nobody asked me? No".

"I like these games", Klopp said.

"Sergio Aguero was back among the goals at St Mary's on Sunday and the striker has scored in all six home league games against Liverpool". As the game goes on, I just don't see how Liverpool don't go on to win it.

Although City have goalscorers all over the pitch, they will be seriously weakened if van Dijk can stifle Aguero for 90 minutes, as he is also a very important player in other aspects of City's attacking play.

Reds playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri insists that his team are not concerned with derailing the Citizens' title tilt.

"That's what we will try to do, it's what we try to do every game". Yes, with the record we had in December - I'm not sure if another team had a record like this in December - we are in a good moment.

Guardiola believes the game at the Etihad is a "big opportunity" to close the gap on an unbeaten Liverpool side, with Tottenham now one point ahead of City in second.

That has prompted Liverpool legend John Aldridge to proclaim that this is the best Liverpool side in 30 years.

Pep shares all of the latest team news ahead of our next Premier League fixture.

"It's better to be that team than what we are right now", he said.

"Can they do it? They were very hard to beat", said the left-back.

"It's going to be a great game on Thursday and we're all looking forward to it".

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