Guardiola was reluctant to comment on his chances of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January transfer window, instead saying that his focus was on maintaining City's fine form when they travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
Enthusiasm and conviction is what Liverpool really need right now - particularly their supporters, many of whom are dealing with the disappointment of losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last weekend.
For City, Gabriel Jesus (knee) is close to his comeback from injury but Captain Vincent Kompany remains out. It is significant too that even though City have had more money, better players and more success than Liverpool for almost a decade now, they have not won at Anfield since 2003.
There was Sterling's late equaliser for City's 10 men against Everton.
"It is not the first time he goes back".
Meantime, Man City's 15-point cushion on second-placed Man United has destroyed any value in EPL champions futures, as it's dropped to -10000. They have been bolstered by the return of Mohamed Salah to team training during the week, with the Egyptian expected to be fit to start.
Four wins in their last six has seen the Reds move into a commanding position in the race for the top four.
Liverpool could go some way to reigniting the Premier League title chase with a victory over runaway leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
Now under Guardiola he is now transferring that action to a full-time role at the base of the midfield for Manchester City, where he'll also be remembered fondly. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope with the loss of creativity after Coutinhos departure given his replacement will not be arriving until the summer.
Liverpool away will be their biggest test so far this season. The Dutchman, just signed from Southampton for £75 million, had a dream debut, scoring the victor in the Merseyside derby last weekend. Old Trafford we were able.
"There have been signs that City, particularly the centre backs - not so much John Stones but (Nicolas) Otamendi or (Eliaquim) Mangala - you can press certain players and nick the ball off them". Leicester, which has both conceded and scored in 14 of 22 games, is even money on the goals line at +1.5. "I'd probably say my favourite goal was the one that broke the [calendar year] record against Southampton, he added". However, as good as they are going forward, their Achilles heel is once against proving to be their defence.
Jordan Henderson (hamstring), Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Daniel Sturridge (muscle) all remain out with their respective injuries.
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