Media: Liverpool v City 'the match of the year?'
As the clock ticks down to the weekend’s eagerly-awaited Premier League action, there are no prizes for guessing which topic dominates the City-centric headlines on Friday morning…
Of course, it’s the clash of the heavyweights: Liverpool v City – the Champions League winners against the Premier League title holders, the league leaders against the reigning Champions; Red versus Blue…
Pep Guardiola will be addressing the media in his press conference at 1:30pm GMT this afternoon, but what’s being said around the world in the build-up to Sunday’s mouth-watering match…?
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“First meets second in the Premier League on Sunday, as European champions Liverpool meet defending league champions Manchester City at Anfield.
“This is the mouth-watering top-of-the-table bout that supporters have been anticipating all season, with the duo appearing a cut above the rest of the competitors in the division so far.
“Despite their remarkable record last term, Liverpool were pipped to the title by City, with the matches between them ultimately proving decisive in the context of the title race.the form guide is with the Reds, who have lost only one of their last 28 top-flight fixtures at home to City—a 2-1 defeat in May 2003—and haven’t lost against the Sky Blues in their last 16 matches at home.
“It’s worth noting the Citizens’ form is improving; they were defeated four times in a row between 2015 and 2016, but haven’t lost any of their last five games against Liverpool, even if they are winless in their last 16 away league games at Anfield.
“Certainly, their own away form will take some stopping, with City having won 11 of their last 12 away games in the Prem—a shock 3-2 defeat by Norwich City.
“They’ll be encouraged by the fact the imperious defensive displays Liverpool were posting last term appear to have dissipated; Klopp’s side has now conceded in each of their last five home games."
ESPN: Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Get ready for the Premier League's biggest game of the season
Mark Ogden: "Liverpool vs. Manchester City has become the biggest game in English football.
“The two clubs have pulled away from the pack to battle it out for the major honours and Sunday's clash at Anfield promises to have a huge impact on the Premier League title race.
“Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, champions of Europe, go into the game with a six point lead over City at the top of the table, having made an unbeaten start to the 2019-20 season.
“Only Manchester United have been able to take points off Liverpool so far this term, drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford last month."
From the players
Daily Express: Man City ace Fernandinho fires warning at Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s table-topping clash
Fernandinho: “We go there and try to win the game.
"The mentality is always try to win the game, as we did [against Atalanta] from the first minute.
“As I say to the lads, with a game like [against Atalanta], if you can't win, you don't lose.
“One man down, both keepers went out for different situations. I think that's the spirit of the lads, for sure.
"As I say, we go there Sunday and try to win the game."
View from the opposition
Sky Sports: Jurgen Klopp interview: Manchester City is a 'want to win' game
Jurgen Klopp: "We are at matchday 12 so obviously there are some games to come. We know about the City situation last year where we only lost one game and that was decisive in the end.
"That's maybe how people see it, but you have to play all the games. There is so much to come, and the most intense period of the year in November, December and January is still coming so we have to be ready for all these games.
"In the last couple of years, we both gave a lot of respect for each other. City's performance at Liverpool last season was probably the biggest show of respect one of my teams ever got. That's how it is.
"They played differently to what they usually do - that's true. But, that's football. We all have to make a plan for one game, and in this specific case against one of the best sides in the world.
"We play at home, and last season we played a game at theirs where we lost by 11 millimetres otherwise the ball was in [John Stones' clearance on the goal line] and it was another draw.
"I think that would have been deserved, so there are tight games and that's how it is when high-quality teams face each other, so I expect another tight game."