Reds, City in heavyweight clash

Van Dijk not daunted by huge transfer fee

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The Germany worldwide revealed he held talks with Klopp and Liverpool but opted to move to City because of the lure of working with former Barcelona and Bayern boss Guardiola.

David Silva is no certainty to play due to his ongoing personal issues, while Benjamin Mendy continues to be absent with a long-term knee injury.

"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".

Things have changed since then, with Rodgers unable to replicate his 2014 season and facing the sack in late 2015. "But records are always there to be broken".

Seri, who was close to a Barcelona move in the summer, would add more depth to the City midfield and is highly rated through his displays in Ligue 1.

Asked about City's Anfield curse, Guardiola said: "I don't believe in these kind of things, but of course the last time City won was 15 years ago, so it means a lot in terms of how hard and complicated it is to play there". In the meantime, we'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. "You need to show up".

"Of course if you want to achieve something that's good and win titles you have to win these kind of games", the Catalan said. If there is one player that Liverpool need to keep quiet in order to win the game, it is De Bruyne. It is such an important game to see if we are able to do big things - especially in the Champions League stages.

All clubs have bogey grounds, and this is the worst for Manchester City.

"Anything can happen. I think City now have a better team than they had in the past".

The Sky Blues have not won at Anfield since May 2003, and the Reds have won each of the last four matches between the two on their home turf.

Liverpool victory or Manchester City win?

"I think Liverpool could be the team that finally beat Manchester City".

Liverpool are on an unbeaten streak which stretches back 17 games across all competitions, where they last succumbed to defeat against Tottenham in October.

Guardiola suggested that Sunday's match at Anfield will give him a good idea of how far his team can go in the Champions League this season. He had received criticism during his first season, but he needed time to adapt and build his team.

In fourth place on 44 points, the Reds are three points behind Manchester United in second, but 18 adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City's trip to Merseyside is followed by a game against Newcastle United next Saturday.

Guardiola was reluctant to comment on his chances of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the January transfer window, instead saying that his focus was on maintaining City's fine form when they travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

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