Pep Not Focused On Head-To-Head Record With Klopp


Liverpool inflicted one of only two defeats suffered by City in their otherwise relentless march to the title last term and they also beat them twice in the Champions League quarter-finals. We shouldn't forget City's 5-0 destruction of Liverpool in early September a year ago, but that came was affected by Sadio Mane's early red card, and Liverpool had dominated the opening stages.

The game pits two of the game's most dynamic and inspirational managers against each in City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

"It didn't look too serious so there's a chance, but we don't know yet". For what? We arrive there, both sides, to play a Premier League game.

While City are not short of attacking talent, the repertoire of skill and technique available against Liverpool would be bolstered significantly if De Bruyne was passed fit to play.

For that reason, I rather fancy Liverpool to win the first half, but City to dominate in the closing stages.

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City's all-time goalscorer Aguero has 111 top-flight goals [148] more than Salah [37], who hopes to outshine the former Atletico Madrid striker at Anfield on Sunday.

On the key to competing for the Premier League title, Van Dijk continued: "We've had a good start to the season". Expect Jordan Henderson to play the deep midfield role with James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum just ahead, with Klopp asking them to press intensely from the outset.

Liverpool have drawn most of the plaudits for their start to the campaign but go into the match on a three-match winless run, with defeat and then a draw against Chelsea in cup and league before the 1-0 Champions League loss in Naples.

He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis". Sergio has scored a lot of goals, but there were periods when he didn't score. But why would you ever want to put money on them coming home with a result!?

As a player, you're looking to plant a seed in the opposition's heads that you're better than them in these big games. When somebody's telling me, "Good luck for Sunday", I think always, "Unfortunately, we need it".