City are title favourites even if they lose 5-0: Collymore

Vincent Kompany has made eight Premier League appearances for Man City this season

There is a feeling that Liverpool will play more conservatively as they don't need to win this but, after blowing Arsenal at the weekend, they may want to push and put a huge nail in the coffin of City's title challenge.

"Obviously [it boosted us]", the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham's result on Saturday.

Like most teams, City have struggled against the trio and Klopp's Liverpool side in general, but if the defensive unit, bolstered by the return of Fernandinho in front of the back four, can deal with Salah and co. then Gundogan is confident of City's chances.

"The reality is clear so we have seven points down so it will be the second game of the second leg [of the season], so there a lot of points to play for. We can beat them".

Despite a recent poor run of form from Manchester City that benefited Liverpool, they are a squad with world class players who can change the shape of a tie within moments.

The Reds remain unbeaten this season and have won each of their last nine league games, whereas City have lost three of their last five outings - as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 70.

Raheem Sterling has issued a warning to former club Liverpool ahead of Thursday night by insisting Manchester City "can beat anyone".

So, a City side going for broke against a Liverpool team looking to hit on the break means something has to give.

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"It's better to be that team than what we are right now", he said.

Both managers have major selection dilemmas going into this game. Compatriots Alisson Becker and Ederson are among the league's best goalkeepers, but it is Alisson who usually gets the nod for Brazil, and we are just siding with the Liverpool man too.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Klopp expressed how excited he is by these types of fixtures, claiming the Reds will know exactly what they're in for at the Etihad.

Guardiola said: "I can not figure out that what happened in the past is going to happen in the future".

Champions City host top-of-the-table Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League this week, in the most eagerly-anticipated clash of the season so far. But it's also because they have completed this course before and we know that counts for plenty. Previous year we beat them 5-0 here.

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Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Manchester City's crunch Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.

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