Man City must pull everything out of the locker against Liverpool - Kompany

Posted January 03, 2019

"We didn't win it but the ride there was unbelievable, the journey was unbelievable".

City have lost three of their last five league matches, prompting Guardiola to claim their title defence would have been over had they not defeated Southampton on Sunday.

Ahead of Thursday's mouth-watering showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. And on all but four occasions in Premier League history, the side who were leading at Christmas suffered a downturn in form and lower average points per match thereafter. He should just focus on his game and trust in his philosophy, the one that turned City into Premier League champions with a record points total.

However, Guardiola will not let his City side gift Liverpool three points as they look to reduce the deficit between the teams, and he will be desperate to see his side defend their Premier League crown. "We'll see what happens in the future".

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"Our teams play, I beat him, he beat me, I win cups and he won some". We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be fearless, full of desire, angry - all that stuff, like in all the other games.

City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem.

Questions are being asked of City after they suffered three defeats in the space of four games in December but Guardiola is not entertaining the prospect of another loss.

City will need all hands on deck if they are to nullify Liverpool's attacking threat and the return of Fernandinho from a thigh injury for that victory over the Saints was a major boost.

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As for Guardiola's praise for Liverpool, Klopp said: "I heard it". There are a lot of competitions, a lot of targets and every game will be tough. A collective unit combined with stellar individual quality helped Liverpool stay atop the Premier League without losing a single game so far in this season.

I'm sure Tottenham fans will unashamedly applaud the valour of Liverpool's board in backing its manager; while, Arsenal will feel it may have had some hope of competing if they had also shopped in the aisles of Harrods rather than Poundland.

"And I said to the players - that's hard to handle that".

If he does so again on Thursday, he will be perfectly primed to make the most of City's left-back shortage; neither right-back Danilo and makeshift option Oleksandr Zinchenko look well-equipped to stop the Egyptian flier. We are seven points down, ' he said. Pep's plan might work keeping in view the error from Alisson in the game against Leicester and their attackers urge to move forward behind the defenders.

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