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Guardiola Backs Man City To Survive Liverpool Test, Continue Unbeaten Run

13 January 2018, 04:36 | Anna Jefferson

Guardiola Backs Man City To Survive Liverpool Test, Continue Unbeaten Run

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Squad rotation could be in Guardiola's thoughts amid Man City's busy run of fixtures across three competitions - the, the FA Cup, and the League Cup - but he could choose to go hard in the first leg and try to have the semifinal all but secured before heading to Bristol for the return match on January 23.

Any team can beat any team at any time in the Premier League.

Arsenal host City next month, but given their latest crisis, it is not easy to envisage them being the team to stop City.

"Liverpool is such an important game, to realise again if we are able to do big things in this season, in important stages, in the Champions League". "But the City game is a completely different game".

With the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this week for £142 million, the short-lived moniker has been sadly retired.

"Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday, the first full session". Sterling is a reason why City, who have a recent habit of conceding first, score so many.

They thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad early in the season.

While behind closed doors negotiations are raging on to get Naby Keita to Merseyside six months ahead of schedule, Liverpool must take on the might of City with no like-for-like replacement for Coutinho.

The likelihood is of course that, sooner or later, Manchester City have to lose to somebody. It's worth noting that this game could very well be postponed.

A draw at half-time, Man City at full-time is 9/2. "When they all played it left them exposed", he said.

Any team willing to press and attack City have found success, and they have found the net. "We definitely did that against Manchester United in the last round, so that's a box ticked".

Riise spent seven seasons at Anfield after joining from Norwegian club Aalesund. "As a Scouser you always remember the first time you play at Anfield".

Liverpool head in to the weekend action sitting three points clear in fourth position but could move level on points with second-placed Man Utd with a win if other results go their way.

But we will nearly certainly be closer to knowing whether City can remain unbeaten after their weekend tie with Liverpool this week.

Introducing SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV, your new home for classic sports movies, award-winning documentaries and original sports programming such as Planet Futbol TV, SI TV's weekly soccer show. City's star-studded midfield of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will take some stopping and Klopp could go with a three-man setup with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana o either side of Emre Can. Don't expect any stunners there. "I think he could be ready in two or three weeks for Basel in the Champions League".

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