Guardiola Backs Man City To Survive Liverpool Test, Continue Unbeaten Run

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday in the first match since Philippe Coutinho's big-money transfer to Barcelona.

'You sometimes have to understand the dynamics of the game and I wouldn't have taken 2-1 with 20 minutes to go'.

But arguably the biggest test for Liverpool will be to contain Manchester City's midfield.

The pair were instrumental in Leicester's 2015-16 title triumph alongside Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez but have both since decamped to Stamford Bridge, where Kante became a title victor again last season.

Someone who could help with that last bit is new signing Virgil van Dijk.

"And then you've got (Roberto) Firmino, you've got (Adam) Lallana as well, who's just coming back to form".

Henry also gave his verdict on Coutinho's departure.

"Well, I have heard so many rumours that it doesn't bother me anymore", said Salah, as per Marca. "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10".

The Citizens lead the way not only in terms of points earned but also in goals scored after firing home on 64 separate occasions this term, spearheading their undefeated run in the English top-flight and current 15-point lead at the summit. They play fantastic football but, for me, I just think about my team.

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They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Anfield.

"But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here".

City's Argentine star has scored four goals in his last three games, and after enjoying a dream debut for the Reds, van Dijk will have his hands full keeping Aguero at bay.

Whether it is relevant that Man City's last win at Anfield in 2003 is debatable, since City has become such a well-heeled club in the years since.

Find out more about the stats behind the fixture and take a look at the head-to-head record.

Manchester City have made a £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred according to reports.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists Pep Guardiola's side are not unbeatable.

Leroy Sane's performances at Schalke 04 drew a lot of interest from top clubs around Europe, but Manchester City eventually won the race for his signature after completing a deal potentially worth £46.5 million. Pick your XI using our interactive team selector. Alexis Sanchez remains a constant target.

Furthermore, his versatility means that he can comfortably change positions with wingers and attacking midfielders, confusing the opposition defence as they can never be sure who is playing in which position.