Jürgen Klopp says Manchester City still the best team in the world

03 January, 2019, 00:28 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Sergio Aguero looks to keep Etihad streak going against Liverpool

"They will be seven points behind if they draw that".

"I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same", Guardiola added. Everyone is talking if we lose, but what happens if we win?

"Liverpool, on the other hand, haven't encountered any problems yet this season and we don't know how they will respond when the inevitable slip does come".

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Klopp expressed how excited he is by these types of fixtures, claiming the Reds will know exactly what they're in for at the Etihad.

"We know they'll be right on our tails so we keep our feet on the ground and hopefully by then we'll be celebrating". Compatriots Alisson Becker and Ederson are among the league's best goalkeepers, but it is Alisson who usually gets the nod for Brazil, and we are just siding with the Liverpool man too.

Champions City host top-of-the-table Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League this week, in the most eagerly-anticipated clash of the season so far.

"I can not imagine that what happened in the past is going to happen in the future", said Guardiola.

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"He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see", Jürgen Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Wednesday. Liverpool is not only unbeaten and on a nine-match winning run, but is blowing away the competition as evidenced by its two wins since Christmas: 4-0 over Newcastle and 5-1 over Arsenal. The Bianconeri have accumulated 53 points from 17 wins, and have dropped points just twice - against Genoa and Atalanta - and have set a record for then highest tally gained in a calendar year.

But Guardiola is said to have identified where his players can hurt Liverpool in their crunch showdown. That is the challenge. Tottenham Hotspur sit nestled in second having played a game extra than either of the other two teams.

City have a doubt over playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who missed Sunday's victory at Southampton with a muscle injury.

City's recent form has brought speculation they may seek to reinforce their squad in January but Guardiola continues to insist there will be no signings.

'And I don't say that to say it, I said it weeks ago. No news is good news, so no. That's why I said to the guys at half-time, "learn from Zinchenko today guys".

"I am glad with the players I have, they can play in different positions". "That's the situation, so we will see what we do with that".

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