Liverpool ready to halt Man City title march


Guardiola, though, wants nothing to distract his players as they prepare for Sunday's Premier League visit to Liverpool, and continue their pursuit of four trophies.

Liverpool could remain unbeaten in their opening 12 home matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2011-12. They have lost just twice so far - the lowest number of defeats in the Premier League this season (not including Man City).

De Bruyne tries to stop Salah in Septembers reverse fixture.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said, "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there". "But I am not [angry], because I know we tried absolutely everything to convince Phil to stay here and carry on going together with us".

However, English football pundits believe that things could pan out differently on Sunday.

"I think Vincent is not ready but the others are doing quite well".

If anything, the margin of victory flattered Liverpool - such was the dominance City had, it could have been more. I think (Sadio) Mane can get better as well. We have such a strong group here, they really love working together, if you would have seen the sessions this week they are on fire.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
GETTY Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has not made a huge impact at Liverpool yet

England midfielder Lallana, 29, has started just two matches this term after spending most of the campaign on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.

He told the club's official website: "If we do something then it needs to be right decision, we don't have to replace him - what we have to do is step up". There was Sterling's even later victor, still the latest goal of the Premier League campaign, five days later against Bournemouth.

"I like that, because more than a manager, I'm a fan. That's something we have missed".

Sane is a part of the City squad that will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, as the Citizens look to keep their unbeaten domestic run going. So I would not like my players to read what I've said, or see me on TV, and see the manager is talking about another thing, and then thinking that they are not important. "Us and Man City are both playing great football, so it will be a ideal game and I'm very excited. That will be Liverpool's ploy".

With the news that Manchester City are closing in on signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, we took the opportunity to poke a little fun at the Premier League champions in waiting.

Gundogan has only made 22 appearances for City in a injury-ravaged two years at the club but has remained fit this season as Guardiola's side march towards an nearly inevitable title triumph.

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Swansea , like Carvalhal, have a good record on Tyneside, winning three and drawing one of their five Premier League visits there. It would be worse if we were not creating chances.