Guardiola claims that Liverpool attacking trio are unstoppable

03 April, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Leroy Sane was the star as they crushed Liverpool at the Ethiad Stadium earlier this season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed "there will be fire" when the Merseyside club faces Manchester City in Wednesday's Champions League showdown, saying his team, at their best, are capable of defying the odds to reach the semi-finals.

Guardiola spoke to Sky Sports about the upcoming game against Liverpool, who are the only side to beat City in the league this season: "We will see about Sergio, still he didn't train".

He said: "For the fans, it is significant".

Speaking after the 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday, Guardiola explained his position and prepared supporters for his decisions.

"But it is the quarter-finals of the Champions League so we can not expect, at that level, that something is going to be easy", he added.

City's dominance in the Premier League has led many teams to try different methods to limit the effectiveness of Pep Guardiola's tactics and the skill of his players.

Meanwhile, Guardiola will prioritise the second leg over this weekend's Manchester Derby when making his team selection.

French defender Aymeric Laporte, playing at left back for the first time, produced a clever exchange with David Silva and the Spaniard's pinpoint cross was superbly converted by Sane. "I think that we were both happy with this match-up".

Ilkay Gundogan believes City have learned their lesson as they return to Anfield, where they haven't won since 2003.

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"It would mean the world to our fans".

"I'd always wanted to work with Pep".

"It will be lively and even spicy, but I don't mind".

He told BT Sport: "Liverpool might be feeling if you can get in and around Kompany, you could trouble him".

With a high defence, the aim is to compress midfield and limit the space that City enjoy so much.

Former England and United defender Rio Ferdinand agreed, telling BT Sport: "That's where I see a bit of a weakness". But in January's win at Anfield, Liverpool's forwards pressed the City defence - and their keeper - hard, forcing errors and knocking them off their rhythm.

"Liverpool have the pace, power, belief and know-how".

Alexander-Arnold has had some tricky tests of late, struggling at Old Trafford against United's Marcus Rashford and having a torrid time on Saturday, in the first half at Crystal Palace, against Wilfried Saha.

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