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

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Egypt winger Mohamed Salah returns from injury to give Liverpool a huge boost in their highly anticipated game against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

If anyone is to finally beat City in the Premier League this year, Liverpool have perhaps the best chance of doing it due to their excellent head-to-head history against Pep Guardiola's men. They play really good and if you don't respect that, you have a problem.

Their 5-0 defeat by Manchester City earlier in the season was Jurgen Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds manager, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss (Mainz were beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006). They play fantastic football but, for me, I just think about my team. "I am sure he will miss us - maybe he doesn't realise in the moment when everything is new there - but it's 100 per cent clear". The amount of goals he has scored from outside the box is just ridiculous.

While Coutinho's departure brought the curtain down on his role in Liverpool's attacking "Fab four", Klopp's three remaining big hitters will ensure the Reds pose a major threat to City's unbeaten record. "It's a big game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible", Guardiola said in his press conference on Friday.

"We've still got tough teams to come".

"It is actually scary as look at the actual amount of goals he scores, but also look at the amount of goals he missed - one versus one, not easy goals at the end of the day, because they are not easy".

The Liverpool Echo reported that the club want £30 million for the injury prone forward, who wants more game-time in order to force his way into the World Cup squad.

January signing Virgil Van Dijk is certainly available for selection after he enjoyed a dream debut during the Merseyside derby against Everton, heading home the winning goal in the 84 minute of the FA Cup clash.

"Liverpool are one of the few sides around for whom, given a fair wind, beating Manchester City at their own game seems even a possibility".

They have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Anfield.

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