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And it's an equally important game for fourth-placed Liverpool, who lie just a point behind City albeit having played a game more, with Jurgen Klopp's side desperate to claim a place in next season's Champions League.

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Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge have both been ruled out of Sunday's contest.

Manchester City - Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game. City will travel to Arsenal and Chelsea in their next two fixtures, while it's an April Fools' derby for the Reds as they host Everton in two weeks' time.

Indeed, Liverpool have won four consecutive league games against Man City for the first time since 1981 (a run of seven).

"Qualification for the Champions League will be tough until the last game of the Premier League", manager Pep Guardiola said. 158 of those 199 wins have come at the Etihad, 41 at Maine Road.

Philippe Coutinho says only victory is acceptable for Liverpool as they seek to gain an advantage in the battle for second place when they visit Manchester City on Sunday.

But Kewell - a Champions League and FA Cup victor during a four-year spell at Anfield - believes their impressive form against the better teams stands them in good stead of securing a return to Europe's top competition.

Klopp's team improved their chances of finishing in the top four, and qualifying for next season's Champions League, thanks to Emre Can's superb long-range shot after 60 minutes. We are a long way from the top in the league and we are out of the FA Cup too. "That's the reason why I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step".

Jurgen Klopp believes Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side were a flawless footballing role model and the Liverpool boss expects his old Bundesliga adversary to be a success at Manchester City. "We have to give an answer to our fans", Fernandinho told the club's website.

"For me City is the most hard team to play", said the Liverpool manager, who oversaw a 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium last season. Usually when we are not at our best we have lost.

"We like him as a person and a player". "Monaco are a good team - they score a lot of goals in all competitions", Fernandinho added. "We are not used to it yet, so it feels a bit odd".



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