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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses champions-elect tag

14 Janvier 2018

The Blues are unbeaten and it might be time to seriously think that they might go the whole season without a loss, and avoiding defeat away to Liverpool will prove they can definitely be the Blue Invincibles.

Liverpool will be desperate to end Manchester City's unbeaten run and tighten their grip in the top four when the two clubs meet at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester City prefers to play out from the back even when put under pressure.

The transformation this season has been remarkable, with City having dropped just four points in 22 league matches as they remain in contention for an unprecedented trophy quadruple. "We will see on Sunday".

With the Reds also bolstered this month by the £75million signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, Guardiola believes the Merseysiders are as exciting as in their 1980s heyday. Liverpool goes into the game in excellent form as well as they are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions.

Philippe Coutinho was officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on MondayWhat is the team news? "I think, in two or three weeks he'll be ready and with us".

Jurgen Klopp needs to strengthen after the departure of Philippe CoutinhoWhat time is kick-off?

"It's in the back of your mind because you want to be on that plane", he said. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10".

Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit to start on Saturday, despite a recent knock. "You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool".

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Sergio Aguero has scored in all six home league matches he has played against Liverpool, but he is yet to score at Anfield. It's Anfield, and we should show that. April 2014, the clash was tipped to be the title deciding game as the Reds headed into the clash on top of the Premier League table with City right behind in third position - with a number of games in hand.

The 20-year-old, who has scored eight Premier League goals this season, suffered knee ligament damage in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace as City's 18-match winning run came to an end on December 31.

However, Guardiola promises that they won't take the challenge of going to Anfield any more lightly because Coutinho has gone to Spain.

"[The] City game is a completely different game", Klopp said.

"That's why it's a tough game".

It is hard to see Manchester City losing this season as they have looked so formidable up to this point. Pick your XI using our interactive team selector. Alexis Sanchez remains a constant target. According to Phil Neville, signing him from under City's noses would be an "unbelievable coup".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dismisses champions-elect tag