Pep Guardiola has had some very nice things to say about Liverpool before tomorrow’s crunch clash at Anfield.
Manchester City are one point behind us in the Premier League table and could push us down to fourth with a win if Arsenal win their New Year’s Day game.
But instead of stoking the fires, the legendary former Barcelona and Bayern Munich honcho was respectful of Liverpool’s boss and full of praise for our stadium.
“They are contender for the title, definitely. I went to the game against Stoke and it was a good game. I was lucky enough to play against Jurgen Klopp, we know each other well,” the Spaniard told today’s press-conference, cited in the Echo.
“I saw Liverpool many times and I was off, my family weren’t here – thank you Liverpool for the tickets – so I went to the game I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I know we have to equal their intensity – Anfield will play a big role tomorrow.”
Guardiola’s City are most similar to us in the Premier League. We both keep the ball and can be lethal on the counter-attack, which should hopefully make the New Year’s Eve clash a sight to behold.
We’re the two top scorers in the top flight, while letting in a number at the other end to boot.
It might be a case of whichever defence holds firm will come through. Since Simon Mignolet’s recall, we’ve only let in one in three, but rest assured the Belgian will be under considerable more pressure with Sergio Aguero returning to Guardiola’s side following a suspension.