Liverpool v Manchester City

Liverpool v Manchester City

Liverpool v Manchester City

The last time Manchester City did a league double over Liverpool was in the 1936-37 season, a campaign in which they won their maiden top-flight title.

The 46-year-old was named the victor of December's award as his side produced six league wins and a draw.

Their 5-0 defeat by Manchester City earlier in the season was Jurgen Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds manager, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss (Mainz were beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006).

Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in what should be this weekend's most exciting game. "It's a big game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible", Guardiola said in his press conference on Friday. "This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham", the Catalan admitted.

"But Liverpool is such an important game, to realise again if we are able to do big things in this season, in important stages, in the Champions League".

"They play a fantastic season, our season is not too bad but, in a game like this, you need to show that you can cause them problems, more problems than other teams can, make their life hard and try to win".

"City's record at Anfield is poor - just one win since 1981 - but Guardiola's side are showing week by week that records are there to be broken".

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The heavily-criticised Liverpool defence has conceded just four goals in their last 13 home league games and now have Virgil van Dijk to call on.

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"We have to make the best of it". That is our target, and to show courage. "You have to win these kind of games". However, with the resources at his disposal, plus the possibility of adding even more firepower to his ranks this month, the 4/1 (5.0) could be an interesting bet over the course of the next few months.

Asked what made his new side an attractive destination for a player who was also the subject of interest from Chelsea, the former Celtic man replied: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is awesome".

"Yesterday (Thursday) he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat and at the end the news is quite good", Guardiola revealed.

Asked why he chose Liverpool, Van Dijk, who also played for Celtic for two seasons, said: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is unbelievable".

Liverpool come into this game red hot. "If I was my players I wouldn't want my manager talking about other things".

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