Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson's footballing skills a nice surprise - Jurgen Klopp

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The Reds travel to the Etihad on Thursday to protect their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after a manic December fixture schedule handed a huge advantage to the Reds.

Liverpool go into 2019 seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, having conceded just eight league goals this season, while playing some of the best soccer in Europe.

"Look, they're a fantastic team, a very experienced team and they've been in this position before".

Liverpool's success against City last season was founded on taking the game to them and Robertson does not anticipate manager Jurgen Klopp trying to shut up shop for a point on Thursday.

However, Merson is still backing Arsenal to beat Fulham tomorrow as he claims his former side are "bullies" who always beat the lesser teams so he's backing us to ease to a 3-1 victory at the Emirates on Tuesday afternoon.

"Given the position of Liverpool, [if] we drop points, it's over, it's finished - it would be nearly impossible", Guardiola said.

This approach proved effective against Manchester United, where an early blitz overwhelmed the Red Devils and stifled their attacking play.

"So we have to go there and try everything to get a result".

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"Maybe I'm wrong but all players everywhere want to do well".

"Oleks was the best player on the pitch because after the mistake he never hid, he never said he didn't want the ball", Guardiola said. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.

"The difference in the Champions League [second leg] game is they [City] obviously had to win by four goals or whatever so they had to come out". Midfielder Bernardo Silva said: "The last days were not good for us, to lose two games in a row".

Merson feels it was the "same-old, same-old" Arsenal on show at the weekend and says he doesn't know what's changed since Unai Emery took charge as he believes we could have lost half of our games during the unbeaten run.

"We can now focus on the City game". Liverpool have progressed a lot and it is an example for us.

After going down late at Fulham in their last match of 2018, they can ill afford to start the New Year with another loss.

Pep Guardiola's men regained the lead in the 45th minute, when Raheem Sterling's cut-back pass was deflected against a defender, and went in.

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