Guardiola praises Coutinho-less Liverpool

Liverpool vs Manchester City 14 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

Liverpool vs Manchester City 14 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions

All clubs have bogey grounds, and this is the worst for Manchester City.

The losses include a 6-0 mauling in 1995 and their overall record read 40 goals conceded to just 17 scored.

Emre Can and Alberto Moreno both made their Reds debut at City in August 2014.

But speaking ahead of Sunday's eagerly-anticipated match against Liverpool, live on Sky Sports, Guardiola insisted he is not taking anything for granted. It is just the way football goes. "It would have been very hard if we had said, which we could have done, "look, here is your contract and you have to stay here", and to use him in the second half of the season". We always want to have a result against any team we play, and this is a good time to get it because all the other teams are near each other.

Liverpool were on the front foot against Manchester City in September before Sadio Mane's sending off changed the game - but how did they do it and can it be done again?

However, English football pundits believe that things could pan out differently on Sunday.

Liverpool will hope to become the first team to beat Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday in their first match without the Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

There have only been five longer unbeaten streaks in the top flight than Manchester City's current run of 30 matches: Arsenal's 49 games in 2003-2004, Nottingham Forest's 42 in 1977-1978, Chelsea with 40 in 2004-2005, Leeds United's 34 in 1968-1969 and Liverpool's 31 in 1987-1988. I don't make a decision if he is ready for that. I said, 'Wow, come on!' "That is the best advice I can give to my players".

You know who's not anxious?

"I think Liverpool are playing like Liverpool were in the past, with all their history. That's something we have missed".

The hosts will want to end City's unbeaten run while the visitors search for their first win at Anfield in 15 years.

"We know City's quality, we know that they're running away with [the league], but I think, on their day, Liverpool can match anybody", McAteer told the Liverpool website.

If Mo Salah isn't named in the line-up, then we could see Lallana playing a more advanced role and Gini Wijnaldum playing in midfield. "That will be Liverpool's ploy".

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

The 23-year-old has been one of the key figures in City's outstanding start to the campaign and has 18 goals to his name, his previous best in a club season already smashed by seven.

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