The 27-year-old has admitted that City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday will be the Citizens most hard challenge on the road this season. However, Klopp's exciting progress with this team means that this group has to deal with more scrutiny. After last season's procession for City, 2018-19 should be more competitive. In Guardiola's three seasons at Bayern Munich, he won the Bundesliga three times, and two of those were while Klopp was at Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City hasn't beaten Liverpool at Anfield in their last 17 meetings in all competitions, dating to May 2003.
That is despite Salah, Firmino and Mane not yet operating with maximum efficiency or explosiveness.
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This shows the greatest respect to Liverpool, with Guardiola effectively altering his approach not so as to threaten the hosts, but to suffocate them. Watching them is really good. "For a higher rhythm you need space and both teams didn't give any space away".
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In team news, Kevin De Bruyne could feature in the game which would be a huge boost for the Citizens. Fabian Delph has been ruled out.
It's another concern for Klopp, but he can at least take comfort from Liverpool's upcoming fixture list. Tottenham as well", Guardiola said, adding, "but for us, for Manchester City, we want to defend our title, and they are contenders. "That is what Jurgen feels and the players build, and in that situation they are much better".
Milner has become a key cog in Liverpool's system this season, and has started all but one Premier League match this season.
It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be. I don't know. I [asked] him: "'Big one?' and he said: "'I don't think so, but big enough that I go off'".
"Liverpool are a strong team but so are Chelsea, and Arsenal, Manchester United". He's trading at [3.15] to score in 90 minutes.
Aguero is City's usual penalty-taker, but he had been substituted, leading to an on-field discussion as to who would take it.