Pep Guardiola has been discussing the how he hopes to beat Liverpool this weekend, insisting his side must defend well.
Last season saw Man City and Liverpool met each other on four occasions, with each one being an absolutely sensational game. Despite City running away with the league, Liverpool seemed to be the only side who were able to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s wonderful brand of football, winning three of the four games.
Now with the two Premier League title favourites set to go head-to-head once more, Guardiola has been discussing the strengths of Jurgen Klopp’s side, and how his team will need to play in order to combat them.
“The big difference is how many times you lose the ball,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.
“In Champions League games, they didn’t lose the ball. These guys are so dangerous and connect between them – Mane and Salah love running behind and they do it really well.
“I always believed and feel in my game we should attack better and be protected when we lose the ball.
“I don’t expect what happened in Napoli to happen at Anfield (where Liverpool didn’t register a single shot).
“We have to defend, but not in the approach play because it’s boring and we have to be ourselves. In this type of game, we must to be ourselves.
“If we lose, then congrats to Jurgen – but we try to improve and go again.
“They are good and even though we are City and a good team, they also do many good things. To minimise those three players on Sunday, we have to attack and be as good as possible.
“Liverpool deserve all the praise they get. I think we had a lot of praise, too but for us, when you have a vision you start to compare – we should be so proud and we are.
“All we can do is try to do our job.”