The one match that everyone is looking forward to this weekend is Liverpool vs Man City at Anfield. Of all City's remaining Premier League fixtures, this looks one of the toughest. Pep Guardiola will be desperate to keep their amazing unbeaten run going, but he admits it won't be easy.
Guardiola knows that Liverpool always come to play at Anfield, and City's defence will be severely tested. Pep and his men aren't shying away from the challenge though, and the Spanish manager says this is the sort of stage that players should be dreaming of.
Guardiola: Liverpool Test Will Tell A Lot
Guardiola spoke to the press earlier today and he outlined the significance of this match for Man City. He said:
“It’s so important a game to realise again, to see again if we are able to do things in this season. Especially on important stages, on Champions League stages, and it’s a good test for us to see ourselves and not just Liverpool – how good they are – but ourselves. We did it at Stamford Bridge, we did it at Old Trafford.”
Guardiola continued: “I’m pretty sure, and he did it last season, he’s going to try to make his own game. I think it will be a good game. Our target is to do better than last season, a better performance.”
“And big courage. In these kind of games, how is your mentality? OK, tomorrow, the day after, the sun rises again so life goes on. But, OK, we will try and do our game and play with personality.”
It has been slim pickings for Man City at Anfield in the Premier League. The last time they won there was in 2003, Milan Baros scoring first for Liverpool with an Anelka brace giving City a 2-1 win.
It is hard to believe that it is 15 years since City won at Liverpool given some of the teams they have had in recent years. However, Pep's version of City have broken records all season, and it would take a brave person to bet against them ending City's Anfield agony on Sunday.