Pep Guardiola hails Anfield atmosphere ahead of Manchester City trip to Liverpool

    Pep Guardiola has hailed Liverpool’s strength and Anfield’s atmosphere ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Merseyside for their Premier League top-of-the-table clash

    The perennial champions lag six points behind table-toppers Liverpool ahead of the kick-off, and another Reds’ win here could as well see them running away with the title.

    In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s side boast an intimidating Premier League home record against the Citizens, having won 11 of their previous 16 league head-to-head meetings here, playing out a draw in the remaining five.

    What’s more, last year’s Premier League runners-up have not lost a single home game in England’s top-tier competition since a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in April 2017.

    Well aware that his team face a formidable challenge of snapping Liverpool’s impressive home streak, Guardiola has pinpointed the Reds’ qualities ahead of this massive showdown.

    “Right now, it’s the toughest stadium to go to,” the former Bayer Munich manager said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

    “I love the atmosphere […] inside it’s perfect, that is why we’re involved in this business, to experience these stadiums.

    “They are an exceptional team. The stadium is a big influence, it speaks for itself, but it’s more the quality of the players, the manager they have.

    “If you play high, they get in behind. They are so fast.

    “Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are incredible crossers. They have fantastic headers, they win second balls. It’s a real complete team.”

    The Spaniard has also talked about the way his team will approach the game.

    “For me as a manager I said last year when we won the league, it was my biggest achievement because we faced my best contender.

    “Right now they are the strongest team in the world. We know what playing at Anfield means to them and their rivals.

    “We are going to follow our plan.

    “Sometimes when the opponents are as good as Liverpool, you have to adapt.

    “I was more defensive with Bayern Munich when we went to Dortmund and won 3-0, that was incredibly defensive.

    “The plan at Anfield [last season] wasn’t like this.”

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