Pep Guardiola Praises 'Almost Unstoppable' Liverpool As He Identifies Surprise Reds Threat

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The Reds are the only club to have inflicted a defeat on City in this season's Premier League, and they will be aiming for a repeat performance prior to next week's away leg at the Etihad Stadium.

City produced several moments of superb football and could easily have won but the 10 minute period after half-time in which Roberto Firmino, Mané and Mo Salah scored to put Liverpool 4-1 up should be held up as exactly the type of scenario City need to avoid.

"If I had the choice to watch a Champions League game on Wednesday I would watch this one", Klopp said, before stopping short of suggesting strategy will go out of the window between two sides whose default setting is to attack.

Finishing the game with 18% possession is alarming but increasingly so when they rarely deviated upward of that figure across the entire match.

Guardiola is prioritising both legs of the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool and is ready to field a weakened team against United in a bid to keep his squad fresh.

"We lost a bit of control [in the last meeting]; we were involved in the environment of Anfield".

On Monday we will see and in these situations it is day by day. We'll try to play well and get a good result for the second leg. I think we're aware of our strengths and we know what we're capable of. You can see that now with Manchester City they have a lot more points than we do. He knows the danger that Liverpool pose to City's hopes of Champions League glory. He did not make many overlapping runs down the line, likely because Pep has much better options on crossing the ball into the box.

City secured the points at Goodison Park courtesy of goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, before Yannick Bolasie pulled a goal back for Everton.

"Jurgen Klopp has tried to address that problem with the purchase of Virgil van Dijk for £75m in January".

"The most important thing is doing our best, no matter how they'll approach this match".

"It will still be very difficult against Manchester City. That is what it is".

But where Fernandinho has excelled is through his ability to retain and recycle possession.

Want news and features on the Reds on your Facebook timeline? They are an extraordinary team. If they didn't, usually, Barcelona found a way to deliver a death by a thousand cuts.

Second-placed United will be desperate to delay City's title celebrations with at least a draw enough to stop them clinching the crown. And Liverpool FC's history is very similar.



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