Manchester City must put pressure on Liverpool Bernardo Silva

Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate after scoring against Southampton

Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate after scoring against Southampton

If we have a full squad, all players available, then the preparation is a joy.

That leaves us with a prospect of City attacking the Reds, which in turn provides Liverpool with an opportunity to play on the counter, in which they are one of the best.

Their showing in the Champions League was a testament of that, and they are performing very well this Premier League season.

Klopp should land the Premier League's manager of the month award for December after leading his team to seven consecutive victories and he does not want their intensity to drop, as he feels Liverpool will be underdogs in the game.

Jurgen Klopp still considers Manchester City to be the best team in the world, rejecting Pep Guardiola's claim that Liverpool are the team to beat.

When Manchester City and Liverpool last met in the Premier League, a fixture usually bulging with goals failed to live up to its billing as the most entertaining in English soccer.

Left-back is one of the easier positions to choose in this team with Man City missing Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, although even with those two in contention Andrew Robertson would still get the nod having built a reputation as arguably the best in the league in his position.

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Pep Guardiola has said "nobody trusts" Manchester City following their downturn in form ahead of facing Liverpool. It sounds like we go there and we are more likely to win the game than they [are]. The likes of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and Dejan Lovren provide stiff competition, but the second centre-back spot goes to Aymeric Laporte, who has established himself as City's number one defender this season. There was nothing between them in the standings - they were tied on points after seven games - and plenty of respect was shown on both sides.

"Sergio Aguero was back among the goals at St Mary's on Sunday and the striker has scored in all six home league games against Liverpool. Nothing changed. Only the points changed, but not the preparation for the game".

"Against Liverpool it's an extremely exciting game and a very big challenge against their three men up front".

Expect a return to normal when the two meet again on Thursday with so much more riding on the result.

His prowess seems to know no bounds, with effortless pace, power, poise and ability in every aspect of his game - all of which he will need to draw on to keep Aguero at bay. So they have a lot of options and obviously if he would play that would give them a massive boost, yeah'.

Klopp, meanwhile, has paid tribute to Kevin de Bruyne, saying: We can't.

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