Guardiola's City wary of Liverpool 'test'

Guardiola's City wary of Liverpool 'test'

But Liverpool, fuelled by Emre Can's running in midfield, refused to let City dictate the tempo and went back in front in the 59th minute.

While Coutinho's departure brought the curtain down on his role in Liverpool's attacking "Fab four", Klopp's three remaining big hitters will ensure the Reds pose a major threat to City's unbeaten record.

I think Liverpool could be the team that finally beat Manchester City.

Liverpool begin life without Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian's move to FC Barcelona. But he's not in team training.

Over at City, matters are best explained by the fact that Sergio Aguero is increasingly the number two option at the striker position. Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno also returned to full training, but are no certainties to feature.

For City, Gabriel Jesus (knee) is close to his comeback from injury but Captain Vincent Kompany remains out.

Liverpool Expected XI (4-3-3): Mignolet (GK); Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

North of the border in the Scottish Premier League, it's business as usual for Celtic, who appear destined to secure their 7 consecutive league title, with cornerstones of the team such as Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele leading their charge to glory.

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Sane joined Manchester City in 2016, joining from Schalke for a fee of £37 million.

Guardiola includes Liverpool, City's opponents on Sunday, in the list of high-quality attacking teams in the Premier League.

The red half of Merseyside has proven to be quite the hard place to go for The Citizens even in the modern era, winning just twice at Anfield in the last 45 years with the last victory coming way back in 2003. However, Antonio Conte have drawn their last three games in all competitions, including drawing 0-0 with Arsenal in their last outing in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.

Few would expect City to stumble in this season's contest for the Premier League title, given they are now 15 points clear at the top, yet Guardiola has warned it is still possible. Last term there was a massive influence from new signing Sadio Mane at Liverpool.

Ahead of the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said that he wouldn't replace Coutinho just for the sake of spending money.

City can never be counted out, however, and their sheer quality will be a real threat to the Reds.

"After the second goal they scored two in a few minutes and it is hard to recover from that".

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