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Manchester City boss Guardiola says team are “alive” ahead of Liverpool clash

City have not won at Anfield for more than 15 years.

Pep Guardiola insists next weekend’s highly-anticipated clash with Liverpool will not affect the way he sees his Manchester City team.

The pair 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.

City strolled to the title last season, playing only for records over the final weeks of the season, but this campaign is shaping up differently, with Chelsea and especially Liverpool looking capable of providing a serious challenge.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were Guardiola’s nemesis last season, winning three of the four meetings, including both legs in the Champions League quarter-finals.

City have not beaten the Reds at Anfield in any competition since May 2003 and have lost on their last six league visits.

Guardiola 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.

“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.”

Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Germany has been given added weight by City’s opening loss to Lyon, but their week began positively with a routine victory over Brighton.

City enjoyed 80 per cent of possession and had seven times as many shots as the Seagulls, who only have five points to show from their first seven games but have impressed in a tricky early run of fixtures.

Their only victory so far came against Manchester United, and boss Chris Hughton told Sky Sports: “What we have to be is realistic, and certainly our supporters are.

“We’ve played seven games, four against the top six, two other games away from home, with one at Watford, who have started so well. When we are evaluating where we are at the moment, we have to take that into context.

“Having said that, we have the best chance of picking up the majority of our points outside the top six, and we have to do that.”


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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