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Wounded City ready to fight Liverpool, insists Kompany

03 January 2019

Liverpool's defence has been so watertight this season that they may fancy themselves to keep City out, and there is no pressure on them to overexert themselves in pursuit of a win - all the onus is on Pep Guardiola's men.

Ahead of Liverpool's unmissable clash with Manchester City and the Etihad Stadium, a resurgent Red has been interviewed as to how far his team could potentially go.

"But with the knowledge the opponent is, for me, still the best team in the world". And on all but four occasions in Premier League history, the side who were leading at Christmas suffered a downturn in form and lower average points per match thereafter.

No result, not even a 5-0 humbling and a 10-point deficit to English Premier League leaders Liverpool, will convince former Reds striker Stan Collymore that English Premier League champions Manchester City will relinquish the title.

"If somebody would lose a bit of contact to the ground or whatever, I don't think that can happen as long as Milly is in the dressing room". The first game they were better than us, the second game I thought we were better than them.

"We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be fearless, we have to be full of desire, angry, like in all the other games".

But even when seemingly no one else could stop City as they stormed to the title with a record 100 points last season, Klopp's men were a constant menace.

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City's chances of chasing down Liverpool would be much improved were De Bruyne available, but Guardiola is unsure whether the midfielder will make his squad. Now we are in their position and we need to learn how they did it and finish the season well.

"It's better to be that team than what we are right now", he said. His Anfield counterpart accepts that may be true on form but insists Liverpool's unbeaten league campaign faces the biggest test imaginable against the champions. There are a lot of competitions, a lot of targets and every game will be tough.

Man City have won their first Premier League match of the calendar year in 11 of the last 12 years - losing the other in 2012 away at Sunderland. We knew repeating last year's success wouldn't be a simple task but we always aim for excellence'.

"We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988".

Pep Guardiola's side have already lost three times this season after Chelsea FC were 2-0 winners against defending champions Manchester City on 8 December. "They're risky, I mean it". We are seven points down, ' he said.

Liverpool's two opening goals against Arsenal came after he carried the ball with pacemen Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane pushed forward on either side of him.

Wounded City ready to fight Liverpool, insists Kompany