Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy heaps praise on manager Pep Guardiola

Elena Summers
October 7, 2018

Neville's colleague at Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher, says that Liverpool can not afford to lose to City if they want to mount a serious title challenge. "I play against Liverpool, we play against Liverpool", he said.

Guardiola said: "I don't play against Jurgen, I try to win against Liverpool".

Last season, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool seemed to have the measure of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, defeating them 4-3 in the league and 5-1 on aggregate in the Champions League.

Almost half of all City's defeats last season came against Klopp's team, including both legs of their Champions League quarter-final, while a 4-3 loss at Anfield ended their hopes of going a whole Premier League season unbeaten.

Both sides come into this one on 19 points and identical unbeaten records (W6 D1), both sides are also returning from away Champions League action midweek.

A ideal start of seven straight wins in all competitions has come undone in the past week with defeats to Chelsea and Napoli in the Champions League, either side of a draw with Chelsea on league duty last weekend.

"Now with Daniel Sturridge coming back and playing well, we've got to be careful of that too, but we have to play to our own gameplan, and not think too much about them".

Kevin De Bruyne could return from injury at Anfield and Walker admits a few of the Manchester City players have struggled for fitness after the World Cup. Looking back on last season, they were our bogey team.

Liverpool winger Salah has made a more modest start to 2018-19, certainly in comparison to last season's 44-goal campaign, with just three goals to date. Even if he does use that system, Sterling playing as a second striker might be a better bet.

"We respect Manchester City for what they've achieved and the quality they have, but it's respect and not fear".

The usual front three of Mane and Mohamed Salah either side of Roberto Firmino is perhaps the most cohesive in Europe, although Wednesday's performance at Napoli was probably their worst collective display. We have to go to Anfield and put that to bed. The thing with games like this one today is that you can never promise the supporters what the outcome will be in terms of the result, but I can promise that everyone in our dressing room knows this is a significant contest and an important one.

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