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0:35 Pep Guardiola says the club cannot replace the role of Gabriel Jesus' family but insists the striker is not alone

0:35                                            Pep Guardiola says the club cannot replace the role of Gabriel Jesus' family but insists the striker is not alone

And, of course, with transfer gossip front and centre of everyone's mind this month, there's plenty of that to consider, too.

Despite Manchester City now sitting seven points behind Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand, Pep Guardiola has suggested that his side don't need any help from the January transfer window.

But Lee says plans are afoot for summer deals, with Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele on the watch-list.

"I don't know what happened, he didn't speak to me, so I don't know what happened", said the City boss.

"In the last couple of weeks, and this is an interesting theory - do you want City to win back-to-back titles and begin a period of domination, which back-to-back titles can feel like?"

"There are players who can play in that role but, specifically Fernandinho's role, it's so hard to find". That is not going to happen.

On to tonight's game, then, and the BBC's Mark Lawrenson expects a comfortable City win. "The blip they had over Christmas seems a long time ago already".

Jurgen Klopp's side got back to winning ways with an important 1-0 victory against Brighton at the Amex on Saturday, a result that saw Liverpool extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

"There's no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him", he said.

"We have kept doing the same things we do at the bigger sides. There's always something to improve on".

"Wolves have used a tweaked formation to good effect", he says. We are not going to pay £100 million for a holding midfielder.

"Dendoncker and Neves were slightly more reserved, with Moutinho floating between the lines". When you are exhausted in the last minutes, they put on new players. "It looks easy but it's not easy", said Guardiola.

Guardiola does not appear to have a deputy of the same quality - John Stones, normally a centre-back, struggled in the role when Crystal Palace won at the Etihad Stadium on December 22, while Ilkay Gundogan has not been entirely convincing either.

"Unfortunately, the first season he had a long injury, like [Benjamin] Mendy last season - and when he's fit, he's an incredible player".

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