Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Lovren: Liverpool need luck against Man City

Lovren: Liverpool need luck against Man City

"I feel Liverpool will maintain their seven-point lead over City in the title-race by picking up a vital point at the Etihad".

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.

The game will have plenty of sub-plots with people expecting this one to be contradictory of what we witnessed at Anfield in October.

"We shouldn't focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we know we are a good team".

Pep Guardiola views Manchester City's crunch clash with Liverpool exclusively as an opportunity to revive their Premier League title defence.

The Argentinian has scored in all six of his previous home Premier League matches against the Reds - although he has never found the net at Anfield.

Guardiola again described Liverpool as "the best team in Europe" but says City have to beat them if they are to become one of the best in the world. Considering the meagre number of points the top sides are dropping this season, that margin must be considered nearly unassailable.

His prowess seems to know no bounds, with effortless pace, power, poise and ability in every aspect of his game - all of which he will need to draw on to keep Aguero at bay.

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Liverpool dominate the defence having conceded only eight goals all season, with that form largely down to the influence of Virgil van Dijk.

Upfront, Guardiola is likely to return to his first-choice front three, fielding Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling either side of Sergio Aguero, with the wide forwards stretching the play.

City ended their poor run of results with a win over Southampton on Sunday, and Kompany said they looked far more like their old selves.

Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.

"Over the past 30 years, we've had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we're seeing from Juergen Klopp's side this season".

So, a City side going for broke against a Liverpool team looking to hit on the break means something has to give.

The first step towards dealing with any distressing situation is accepting it, and, in this case, the best way to do that is knowing that it could have been a lot worse - they could have won it in 2014.

"I am glad with the players I have, they can play in different positions".

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