"It is a real test going to Anfield, one of most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world", Guardiola stated in his pre-match press conference. "It is a game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible to know what is going to happen". Jurgen Klopp's side will have a slightly different look to it now as Van Djik settles into the back four and the team will need to replace Philip Couthino who just moved to Barcelona for an eyewatering £142 million.
"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is incredible".
"It's interesting to play against City".
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"We have to make the best of it". They play really good and if you don't respect that, you have a problem.
"This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham - there are still lots of games to play".
"But if you are not courageous in your game, you will also have a problem".
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are unbeaten since October this season and have won their last three Premier League games, plus the FA Cup derby victory over Everton last time out.
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But to do that City must end their wretched run at Anfield, where they are without a win since 2003, a run of 16 matches in all competitions.
The last time Manchester City did a league double over Liverpool was in the 1936-37 season, a campaign in which they won their maiden top-flight title.
"They play a fantastic season, our season is not too bad but, in a game like this, you need to show that you can cause them problems, more problems than other teams can, make their life hard and try to win". Just six have been conceded over a 10-game period but the majority of them have come during the latter stages of either half.
This week, Sky Sports data journalist Adam Smith reveals the numbers behind City's dismal record at Anfield and how Liverpool could win on Sunday.
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Their 5-0 thrashing at City earlier in the season was Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds boss, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss.