Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face perhaps their toughest test of the season on Sunday when they visit Anfield, a ground which City have not won at since 2003.
Ahead of a game which could threaten a long unbeaten run in the Premier League for the Blues, Guardiola addressed the press at the CFA.
Unfortunately, Vincent Kompany is again expected to be absent with the boss doubtful he’ll return at Anfield. There don’t appear to be any other fresh injury concerns, though.
“I think Vincent is not ready for Liverpool, but the others are doing quite well,” Guardiola said.
The news on Gabriel Jesus is good though, with Pep backing up reports from Brazil that the youngster is progressing well – and could be back in as soon as a fortnight!
“Yesterday he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat and at the end the news is quite good. (He will be back in) Two or three weeks. The Champions League game against Basel he could be ready.”
With Manchester United apparently in for him, Alexis Sanchez is a hot topic right now, but again Pep wouldn’t comment.
“I’m focused on Liverpool.
“I want to be focused on what we have to do on the field. I would not like my players to see me talking about another thing that’s not important.”
City haven’t won away at Liverpool since 2003 and Guardiola knows how tough it’ll be, with a long Premier League unbeaten run on the line.
“It’s a real test going to Anfield, one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world. It’s a big game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible.”
Asked if he’s superstitious about records, specifically City’s poor record at Anfield, Guardiola seemed nonplussed.
“I don’t believe in this kind of thing but in 45 years we have won twice so that mean a lot, in terms of how hard it is to play there.
“The records are there to be broken.”
Raheem Sterling will undoubtedly get his usual hostile reception at Anfield. Pep believes the young winger has developed enough maturity to deal with it now.
“It’s not the first time he’s been back. He’s more mature, and of course he has to be calm and play the game he has to play.”
Perhaps City’s most overworked player this season has been Fernandinho and he is a player Guardiola rates very highly.
“Fernandinho knows exactly what he has to do. We will take care of his minutes as much as possible – he is a key player for us.”
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