Liverpool vs Man City: Pep Guardiola fears title challenge could still crumble

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that he is relishing the meeting with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Several unbeaten runs could end on Sunday when Liverpool face Manchester City.

While it is getting increasingly hard for any team to topple Manchester City from the top of the Premier League table, Liverpool are slowly and steadily coming out as a force with their eye-catching brand of football, off late. "We will see on Sunday".

With Virgil van Dijk now running things at the back for Liverpool, defensive situations will be more under control than before.

Liverpool's dazzling style has sent them on their own 17-match unbeaten spell in all competitions. His fellow countryman has been one of the team's standout players this season. "I don't think it should affect us at all".

Unsurprisingly considering their position as runaway Premier League leaders, Manchester City are favourites to win this game at 13/10, while Liverpool are 21/10 and the draw is odds of 11/4.

Jurgen Klopp needs to strengthen after the departure of Philippe CoutinhoWhat time is kick-off? "You would obviously prefer to have that front with Coutinho as a No 10". That hasn't been the case at Liverpool for some time; one key component always lets them down at some stage.

Read Thierry's full verdict here. City have been that good this season, that they could have lost both of those games and still be well clear at the top of the table.

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Since the 4-1 loss Liverpool have entrenched themselves in the top four, which has coincided with the scintillating form of summer arrival Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - who have since combined for 24 goals and eight assists.

The Sky Blues have not won at Anfield since May 2003, and the Reds have won each of the last four matches between the two on their home turf. The players have two choices: Follow what you [the media] say, or follow me. It's Anfield, and we should show that.

Liverpool have scored 50 Premier League goals at an average of more than two per game.

But Guardiola is not taking anything for granted and is not looking too far ahead.

As defence is arguably both sides weak points it is seemingly a game of who can outscore the other.

For me, this is Manchester City's toughest remaining away game in the league. Pick your XI using our interactive team selector. The Alexis Sanchez saga continues to rumble on in the background, but local rivals Manchester United have taken the ascendency in the race to sign the Chilean.

Manchester City have identified Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as a possible signing, according to L'Equipe . Check the tweets below to see what they think!

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