Pep Guardiola modestly describes himself as 'exceptional'

"Immediately after the game, Adam said "sorry" to me and I thought 'why?' - but now I know why he thought he had to say sorry".

"We are still in a battle, that's how it is", Klopp said. "City is one of the big clubs in England, no doubt about that, and right now we are in a race with them for second place in the table".

After the players, for whatever reason, did not carry out his orders in a dire first half at Monaco, a half which sealed their European fate, Guardiola will have needed proof that it was just a one-off.

Liverpool, who had come into the game more after a slow start, were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne's fine low cross. How you defend one cross is the quality because you are good at headers.

"It is a point and that's good". I'd be happier to be involved in the draw for the Champions League (quarter-finals).

Guardiola has a point, in fairness, after amassing 22 trophies in just 10 years in management with Barcelona and Bayern - including one year where he took a sabbatical.

City began the game with the intention of getting the midweek defeat to Monaco out of their system as quickly as possible.

Juergen Klopp's side laboured to a 2-1 win over woeful travellers Burnley last weekend, when all the sides around them were in FA Cup action, but former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said points, not style, are now the priority.

City now sit third in the table - level on points with Spurs and just one point ahead of Liverpool - so it couldn't be tighter behind the league leaders. City are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur while Liverpool are a further point back.

Jordan Henderson is also still nursing a foot injury but Dejan Lovren is expected to get a recall after coming through 75 minutes with the U23's last Monday.

Liverpool have beaten City five times in the last six PL meetings so getting almost 3/1 looks a great bet here. Philippe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals versus City than against any other team (4) in the competition.

Sadio Mane has had a hand in four goals in his last three Premier League appearances against the Citizens (three goals, one assist), including a hat-trick for Southampton in May 2016.

James Milner's precise penalty gave the visitors the lead against his former club only for Sergio Aguero to maintain his flawless goalscoring record at home to Liverpool in the league to earn Pep Guardiola's side a 1-1 draw. The Premier League title bid faded long ago, falling off the pace after the team was the season's early front-runner.

Manchester City and Liverpool will be looking to cement their positions in the top four when they face-off at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Milner was unhappy with a lack of playing time under Manuel Pellegrini and is a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp.



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