Pep Guardiola has warned last season’s nemesis Liverpool that his Man City side are “alive” ahead of next week’s trip to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s team were Guardiola’s bogey men last season, winning three of the four meetings, including both legs in the Champions League quarter-finals.
City have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield in any competition since May 2003 and have lost on their last six league visits, but Guardiola insists next weekend’s highly-anticipated clash won’t affect the way he sees his team.
He said: “I believe too much in that team, in those guys. I know how they fight. Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever. It’s a long time ago Man City was able to win at Anfield. What I want to see is the team alive, and we are alive.
“If they beat us three times, they are a good side. They lost the first game in the Carabao Cup (against Chelsea last week) but at Anfield they score a lot of goals, they don’t concede.”
The two clubs sit together at the top of the Premier League table on 19 points after City defeated Brighton 2-0 before Liverpool secured a late equaliser to draw with Chelsea and preserve their unbeaten record.
But, before they meet, both will return to Champions League action in midweek with City more in need of a win than Liverpool after their home loss to Lyon on Matchday One.
Guardiola added: “Now it’s Hoffenheim, and after that we are going to prepare, and after that we’re going to prepare for Burnley. At the end, we’re going to see what happened at the end of the season.”