Tough task for Man City as they travel to Anfield

I can understand Pep Guardiola feeling hard done by because his Manchester City side should have been awarded a penalty for Trent Alexander-Arnold's handball just six minutes into the match at Anfield.

City can't afford to lose and Liverpool may be frightened of losing so it could be a bit more cagey than some are expecting.

Liverpool have gone 16 top-flight games unbeaten against City at Anfield, with their solitary home defeat in the past 28 meetings coming in May 2003. Seconds later, Liverpool's Fabinho scored with a rocket shot from outside the box that caught City's goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, by surprise.

Although Premier League titles cannot be won in November, such a large gap could be a decisive blow to Manchester City's ambitions.

Pep Guardiola trolling the referees after the game. But there was no doubting his irritation toward Michael Oliver after the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.

The 2-0 lead came after a strong start for City in which the visitors had chances to score but weren't able to connect.

"Liverpool have not been at their absolute peak lately, but they are relentless, and should they open the advantage up to nine points, it will be a long, long way back for the champions".

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"There is still seven months to go".

"He told me it was like a party inside the ground and that some of their supporters were crying in the stands saying, "We're going to do it". His dramatic late victor at Villa Park summed up what has been an excellent season thus far, with six goals and four assists barely scratching the surface.

"We want to fight until the end".

High-flying Chelsea visit the Etihad after the worldwide window, while a clash with second placed Leicester awaits in December after a Manchester derby and a trip to Arsenal.

The two best teams in the English top-flight renew a rivalry that defined last season's title race and may do so again, providing Pep Guardiola's injury-hit Manchester City keep up with Liverpool.

"The pressure or whatever is not there yet".

The Reds have been handed a fitness boost ahead of the high-profile encounter, as captain Jordan Henderson is back in contention after missing the midweek game against Genk with an illness.

  • Lawrence Cooper