"Always I had the feeling that if we do the special things we plan to do we will have our chance to win".
No longer are Liverpool the plucky underdogs, we are the favourites capable of beating the world's best teams.
City took four points from Liverpool last term and had Riyad Mahrez not blazed over a late penalty, they would have won both clashes.
"The history, yes, but not a real contender, to win the Premier League or be on top, and he did it". There is a huge difference between a nine-point and a potential three-point gap if the reigning Premier League champions were to get all three points on Sunday evening. Given City's injury crisis, particularly in defence, this is the opportune moment for them to strike and extend the lead to a mouth-watering nine points, in front of their own fans.
The Reds went on to 17-match winning streak including the last season in the Premier League.
"It's not [about] adapting, it's because they are good", Guardiola said.
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Within Liverpool, eyebrows are raised when stories emerge about fears of another attack on City's bus as happened in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018, and there was incredulity at Guardiola's comments about Sadio Mane's diving.
"When you see the statistics, I don't believe much in these sorts of things, but 38 years for one (win), it shows how hard it is at Anfield".
"You have seen the team".
Guardiola revealed: "I didn't like what happened in the bus outside the stadium, but in the stadium when they support the team, it's ideal, it's lovely.right now it's one of the toughest ones - I would say right now it's the toughest stadium in Europe to go to".
City claimed the title last season, finishing a point clear of Liverpool despite Jurgen Klopp's men losing just one game, a loss that came against the eventual champions. As good as Manchester City are such a point gap would make Liverpool hard to catch.
"I think, in the ideal scenario, you want players that are playing Champions League football, playing in matches where they're pushing to win trophies because the extra pressure that comes with those games is what you have to deal with with England", Southgate said.