Man City v Liverpool

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If we have a full squad, all players available, then the preparation is a joy.

"One of the most hard ones you can play in the modern football world, away at City".

Guardiola has preferred Danilo to Kyle Walker at right-back for Man City in recent games, but both are trumped in this team by Trent Alexander-Arnold, who continues to go from strength to strength for Liverpool.

Vincent Kompany played in City's last game, away at Southampton, but his lack of mobility would be a serious issue here and Nicolas Otamendi might return if Laporte moves across to left-back.

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. Early points dropped against Southampton and Swansea showed why they were 33/1 outsiders to get their hands on the title. Would I say they are the best team in the world if nobody would ask me? No.

City have won just one of seven meetings since Guardiola (pic) joined Klopp in England after locking horns in charge of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. "It is a good challenge for us if we're going to reduce the gap".

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"That's what we will try to do, it's what we try to do every game".

'Scored fantastic goals. All that things.

City's stumbles have led to claims the title is now Liverpool's to lose, but Lovren feels City have enough quality to bounce back despite the Reds being unbeaten in the last four competitive fixtures between the sides. They always make much effort, run very much, especially their defensive line but also the three midfielders. We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game.

City have won just one of their last eight games against Liverpool in all competitions, and missed the chance to take all three points from Anfield in October when Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty in a 0-0 draw. We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be courageous, full of desire, angry - all that stuff, like in all the other games.

Roberto Firmino hit a hattrick against Arsenal while Sadio Mane's movement from the left was terrific. Tottenham Hotspur sit nestled in second having played a game extra than either of the other two teams.

Liverpool can take a major step towards a first title since the foundation of the Premier League by defeating the reigning champions, who will give a late fitness test to Kevin De Bruyne.

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