Guardiola hopeful Manchester City striker Jesus could return against Basel

Marco Green
January 14, 2018

Liverpool play host to Manchester City in the Premier League tomorrow.

Liverpool have lost at home to Manchester City twice in the last 55 years, ever since Bill Shankly dragged the Reds out of the Second Division toward a glittering future.

In one of the most exciting showdowns in the English Premier League this 2018, Liverpool and Manchester City - two of the top sides at the moment - go head-to-head on super Sunday as the English club football top tier competition returns after a week.

Sane, who was snapped up by City boss Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016, admitted: "Before I joined City, I was talking with them".

City's 5-0 win over Liverpool in September was the first time they had scored five or more goals in a game against the Reds since March 1937.

"I understand completely this question, you make this question, but I am focused on Liverpool", he said.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain is respectful in what he says about Coutinho - "a world-class talent" - but you get a sense the Liverpool squad's bonding trip to Dubai has helped ease the passage of his departure as well as integrate a new arrival in Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool fans often yearn for different owners, perhaps in the City mould in which money is no object.

"We all know how they played against Chelsea, they just bossed the game".

Guardiola includes Liverpool, City's opponents on Sunday, in the list of high-quality attacking teams in the Premier League. Week in, week out they have good performances -- and even if the performances aren't that good, they still win their games. We developed things - people can think it's good to rest, but not really. "I'm 100 per cent confident", he said.

"(Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane are tough guys for us to control, especially when we lose the ball in risky positions, because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.

"You will always be judged on the result". And that is all he does. The last time they managed a win was in 2003, so that's another unbeaten record Liverpool want to protect.

The Netherlands worldwide defender impressed and scored the victor on debut in the victory over local rival Everton, but this weekend's meeting with the title favourite could prove too challenging for a player who is still getting to know his new team-mates. You pay it attention and you realise it happens but you can't start thinking, 'What are we going to do now that Phil is not here?' It can't be that at all.

"I think that's also luck, yeah". That is why they got him. It would be a major surprise if they dominate this game as much as their previous big away games.

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