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Manchester City must put pressure on Liverpool Bernardo Silva

03 Janvier 2019

With no new injury worries troubling his preparations, Klopp said: It's a normal game against Manchester City, a very hard one - one of the most hard ones you can play in the modern football world, away at City.

Jurgen Klopp is the one manager who has been able to consistently get the better of Pep Guardiola in head-to-head battles between the two.

But, ahead of their huge clash with City on Thursday, there are plenty of reasons to suggest Liverpool's long wait for a Premier League title will continue.

'And I don't say that to say it, I said it weeks ago. It's 100% my opinion because of the way they play, the things they achieved, the ability and all that stuff.

"It's a massive game, of course it is, but Tottenham will be looking forward to capitalise as well because we both play each other so both of us can't pick up full points". City are, it must be said, on a different level to those two sides and Klopp will be fearful of his side being overrun in the centre.

Despite a recent poor run of form from Manchester City that benefited Liverpool, they are a squad with world class players who can change the shape of a tie within moments. It's a really strong team with an outstanding manager. "Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it".

"They also took advantage of us being open for the first goal so we have to look at the goal because it was not good enough". It's just not true. It's only talk, it's nothing to do with the reality. Their encounter will certainly be enticing for football fans all over the world. But we are there to let it happen.

Upfront, Guardiola is likely to return to his first-choice front three, fielding Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling either side of Sergio Aguero, with the wide forwards stretching the play. "Apart from that, it's a normal situation". "We didn't win it, yes".

Paris Saint-Germain have been merciless in Ligue 1 - though their attention is dominated by Champions League success where they await a highly-anticipated meeting with resurgent Manchester United. What we think about is 54 points - unbelievable, to be honest.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing the Reds to secure a draw with Manchester City at The Etihad on Thursday night.

More competition comes from Bernardo Silva, James Milner, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne, the latter of whom would ordinarily be a sure-fire pick for any combined XI. "We are going to live with that situation".

Manchester City must put pressure on Liverpool Bernardo Silva