Liverpool vs Man City: Pep Guardiola fears title challenge could still crumble

Liverpool vs Man City: Pep Guardiola fears title challenge could still crumble

Liverpool take on Manchester City in the Premier League in their first game after Philippe Coutinho was sold to Barcelona. It is such an important game to see if we are able to do big things - especially in the Champions League stages.

Subplots abound. There is the issue of Liverpool's defence, capable of keeping clean sheets against the lesser lights but breached three times by Arsenal, four by Tottenham and five by City.

The Premier League match between Liverpool vs Manchester City will be played at Anfield, Liverpool.

With the Reds also bolstered this month by the £75m signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, Guardiola believes the Merseysiders are as exciting as in their 1980s heyday. But goals you would like to think that if he starts to work on his calmness, pose, do what you have to do, he is going to destroy teams even more so than what he is doing right now because I think he missed more goals than he scored.

Sane is a part of the City squad that will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as the Citizens look to keep their unbeaten domestic run going. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10".

The future star said: "My favourite team is Liverpool".

Read Thierry's full verdict here.

Two years ago the England global was jeered and substituted at half-time during his first game back at Liverpool following his £49million move to Manchester City.

Liverpool vs Man City: Pep Guardiola fears title challenge could still crumble
Liverpool vs Man City: Pep Guardiola fears title challenge could still crumble

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is set to return from injury and he and Sadio Mane are likely to play either side of striker Roberto Firmino. City are imperious this year, and it's unclear whether anyone can get the better of them. "They play really good and if you don't respect that, you have a problem", Klopp said.

However, Klopp was coy in his response on Van Dijk's involvement for Sunday's blockbuster clash.

Carrick has been on the fringes this season due to him undergoing a procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat, but has a coaching job waiting for him should he decide to retire.

They have lost 14 out of 20 league matches at Anfield in the Premier League era, winning just once - in 2003. They are only looking at more reinforcements to further strengthen the team.

The Reds are on an unbeaten run of their own, avoiding defeat in their last 17 games, and sit in fourth. Pick your XI using our interactive team selector.

The Reds will need something special to knock Manchester City off their stride as the league leaders are flying.

However, Klopp refused to confirm whether the club record signing will retain his place in the heart of the back-line to try and stop City's fearsome attack.


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