Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy heaps praise on manager Pep Guardiola

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Defending Premier League champions City have leapfrogged Liverpool on top of the table, jumping ahead of Jurgen Klopp's side on goal difference. Pep's teams are best in that and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious. They were better than us, in my opinion. "After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we've got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City"," insisted Klopp.

Pep Guardiola has given Man City fans a huge boost heading into Sunday's massive clash against Liverpool at Anfield.

With both teams sitting on 19 points, a win for the Reds would allow them to start to pull away from the pack and put pressure on City, Tottenham and Chelsea. They are right. So we won the Premier League. Klopp is likely to keep faith in the front three of Salah, Mane & Firmino as he looks to press Manchester City high up the pitch.

But Liverpool are many people's tip to challenge them all the way and win the Premier League for the first time.

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With Kevin De Bruyne unlikely to return straight to the starting lineup the onus will remain on the Spaniard to keep City ticking, and the former England worldwide is likely to be given the task of stopping him.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy has missed around a month himself with a bruised metatarsal but is also available again - and we think Guardiola will rush him straight back into the side. Benjamin Mendy is also fit for the game, and the return of the French global is another positive for Pep to ponder in his team selection. We have to prove that we are as good as we can be and we have shown that in a few moments.

"We've had a good season so far", he said. The only issue is unlike last season, Liverpool won't have a player like Oxlade-Chamberlain who can test the City defence with his driving runs from midfield. The Guinean midfielder stayed overnight in a Naples hospital after suffering a back spasm.

"Manchester City came as close as any team ever has to a flawless season, but their flaw made it clear that they were still vulnerable human beings like the rest of us".

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