Bristol Metropolis's handsome League Cup journey heads to Man Metropolis

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

No side can be expected to keep pace with the Citizens so far this season, but Liverpool represent a realistic slip up for the champions in waiting, and a positive head to head result for the likes of Chelsea and United in their meetings to come way just keep things interesting. It won't be easy because when Liverpool are good they are very good.

Commenting on the kind of reception former Red Raheem Sterling would get from Liverpool fans, Guardiola said: "It's not the first time he's been back".

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".

Another City player tops the midfielder assist charts, as Kevin De Bruyne's nine is one better than his team-mate David Silva, who is the second highest midfielder on eight assists.

Liverpool, who also ended the game with 10 men after Skrtel went off injured with no substitutions left, claimed victory when Dirk Kuyt struck in stoppage time. City went on to be relegated to the second tier at the end of the season. Although Coutinho will no longer be able to provide the trio with ammunition, they still have the speed and guile to trouble Pep Guardiola's side at the back.

Three days prior to the game City lost 4-0 in the League Cup to Liverpool and things got worse when Ian Rush and Jamie Redknapp scored in the first five minutes of the league fixture.

"It was instinctive and to be honest I don't know why I shot from there", he said. Cole also won four FA Cups with Chelsea and combined with the three he had already won with Arsenal, make him the player with the most amount of winners medals in the famous competition's history.

That will enrage players into wanting to prove a point, and there are few managers better at enhancing the effects of that than Klopp.

Tests don't come much tougher than Sergio Aguero however, who will lead the City attack in the absence of Gabriel Jesus.

Jurgen Klopp today tried to convince the media that Virgil van Dijk was not a definite starter for Liverpool on Sunday. "Now we have to do it against a side that is used to having up to 85 percent possession in games". "We have to defend, but I'm not expecting a team like he's going to wait to see what happens", Guardiola said. I understand completely, but it is not the first time he's been back.

City are keen to bring Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium, but now face competition from rivals Manchester United, who according to Sky in Italy are willing to offer both Arsenal and the player more money.

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

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