Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola stressed the difficulty of the confrontation against Liverpool, noting that the Reds had always been a strong contender for the Premier League title, before the match that brought the two teams together on Sunday at “Anfield”, the Reds stronghold, at half past five in the evening.
Guardiola said during the press conference for the upcoming match: “The level was very impressive during the past matches, despite the loss in France, but the performance was excellent, we still have 9 months.”
He added: “Since we achieved the 100-point league, Liverpool has always been among the main contenders for the title, had it not been for the problems they suffered last season in the same position, things would have been different in the past four years. We were both in the Premier League. There are more than one or two teams seeking to achieve the title. The whole team is ready to face Liverpool, except for Zinchenko and Gundogan.”
He continued: “Start looking at the table after 10-12 matches. Now when the difference in the ranking point is not important, the most important is your way of playing, and the spirit that your team shows, because this will help you in the last stages.”
Liverpool seeks to maintain the top spot in the competition, which it occupies with 14 points, and one point behind City, which is in second place with 13 points.
Mohamed Salah also seeks to continue his top scorer, shook the opponents’ net and break records before joining the ranks of the Egyptian national team, which is preparing to meet Libya in the qualifiers for the World Cup Qatar 2022.