Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy heaps praise on manager Pep Guardiola

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With Kevin De Bruyne unlikely to return straight to the starting lineup the onus will remain on the Spaniard to keep City ticking, and the former England worldwide is likely to be given the task of stopping him.

Since then the Reds have strengthened significantly and they look like genuine title contenders themselves this season. "Of course, the Liverpool fans want him to play bad and he wants to play good, but I won't [leave him out] for that reason".

Whilst City was comfortably beaten by Liverpool 3-0 away in the Champions League last season, Pep Guardiola's side has gone on a run of ten games without losing away from home in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit level on points with Man City at the top of the Premier League table.

It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter at the top of the Premier League table as Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield.

While City are seeking to consolidate themselves as the dominant force in English football by becoming the first side in a decade to retain the title, Klopp's task is to end Liverpool's near three-decade wait to win the league. We can not wait until they [City] are not there any more.

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City midfielder Silva said: "They bought a few players".

Each meeting between the two club's in recent years has seen Firmino act as a personal body guard for Fernandinho, effectively meaning his national compatriot has been unable to receive the ball without the Liverpool forward's say-so.

"They had more chances, we didn't have a shot on target". "Michael Stich was an outstanding tennis player, maybe better than Boris Becker, but he was not Boris Becker".

The Reds are level on points with the reigning champions going into Sunday's titanic battle at Anfield, with City only ahead on goal difference after both have won six of their seven league matches and drawn the other.

"We respect Manchester City for what they've achieved and the quality they have, but it's respect and not fear". After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we know how to beat Manchester City", because there is no real way, no one thing that you have to do. "Even if they'd lost I'd say it was a good performance, but Napoli worries me".

"You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team - which thank God I have - with outstanding character, ready to be really courageous, ready to make mistakes".

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