Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses 'champions-elect' tag


City, still in the hunt for four trophies this term, could also become the first team to win a top-flight match at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the same season since Wimbledon in 1986-87.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last 17 games in all competitions-the longest run since another unbeaten 18-match sequence from May to October 2008.

City have not won in the Red half of Merseyside in the league for nearly 15 years. City haven't won at Anfield since 2003, although you've got to remember what City were like back then, they're not the team they are now that's for sure.

Manchester City's last three away games have seen them win just once by a single goal to nil, with their game at Swansea being the only game to be settled by more than a single goal which was predicted by the football tipsters at Tipsters Review.

In an interview with Phil Thompson ahead of Liverpool's enormous match against Manchester City, Klopp once again confirmed Manchester United's approach.

"I don't think many people have got his natural ability with his right and left foot and the way he manipulates the ball".

"There is no pressure from that". Only City themselves have scored more Premier League goals this season than the home side. The exit of Philippe Coutinho in a staggering British record £142million will place more responsibility on midfielders like Wijanldum to provide match-winning moments.

"He always liked me as player and I would be a liar if I said he didn't try".

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"But it doesn't change our mentality".

"I cannot give you the details, but we tried all you can imagine, believe me".

Sterling received similar harsh treatment from Reds fans as he endured another hard match at his old ground last season.

What Wijnaldum does concede is that the timing of Coutinho's exit is good fortune for City.

City manager Guardiola said: "Normally when this kind of reaction happens it is because he was loved by the fans". I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call. That's how it us.

Klopp's men are now fourth, but could move to second and close the gap between them and City to 15 points should other results also go their way. "You must not think a lot about it because you can't control it".

Back in September, the Reds were ripped apart by the Citizens 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium but at Anfield, Klopp's men will hold stronger cards so it will be an intriguing battle. You miss a person and if you don't miss them then something would have been wrong in the time you were together.

"Liverpool know where Man City's weaknesses is". They have that confidence.