Liverpool’s results show they have improved, says City’s Bernardo Silva

Liverpool’s results show they have improved, says City’s Bernardo Silva

Liverpool’s results show they have improved, says City’s Bernardo Silva

"If it is an open game at Anfield you don't have a chance", said Guardiola, who acknowledged his approach had been to slow the pace of the game and limit space for Klopp's side.

City were afforded a great opportunity to steal victory ten minutes later when they were awarded a penalty-kick following a foul inside the box by Virgil Van Dijk, but Mahrez flashed the spot-kick over the target.

"I always believed and feel in my game we should attack better and be protected when we lose the ball".

While the victor of the match may be a mystery, one thing is for certain when Man City travel to Liverpool on Sunday.

Guardiola makes four changes in all from City's 2-1 Champions League win at Hoffenheim with Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones also returning at the expense of Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane. There will be world-class players all over the pitch, it's a game that you can't miss.

The Liverpool boss was reluctant to detail any tactical approaches ahead of the top of the table clash on Sunday, but cited qualities that extend beyond the football field as potential game winners.

Despite being one of City's key players throughout last season, the England worldwide was used only as a second-half substitute when the sides met on Merseyside in the Champions League quarter-finals in April. We beat them at home last season but at Anfield we weren't able to play well enough to beat them. "Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win". The Belgian was expected to be out for three months but returned to training earlier this week. "It's disappointing because I felt we had a real chance of picking up all three points".

All three of Liverpool's midfielders - Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner - are best suited to the pressing game rather than falling deep as they did against Napoli. We want to show a reaction. If you work hard, you earn it, you deserve it, and that's what we try to do mixed up with very good football, that's the plan.

Liverpool, who remain unbeaten in their last 18 home games against City, came out roaring and dominated the opening 10 minutes but Guardiola's side weathered that early storm, slowed the game down and frustrated the hosts.

Klopp addressed Keita's fitness situation during his pre-match press conference, putting a shadow of doubt on the midfielder's availability, having not trained since sustaining the problem with his back.

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