Guardiola said: "The reason why last time he didn't play was for other reasons, tactical. That would be a really nice message to send before the global break". I think our play was good enough to pick up all three points if we hadn't gifted goals to Rangers. The only issue is unlike last season, Liverpool won't have a player like Oxlade-Chamberlain who can test the City defence with his driving runs from midfield.
I will be splitting my stake, backing Over 3.5 goals at anything around [2.8] before kickoff and then if Over 2.5 goals reaches [2.0] in running, I will be placing the other half of my stake on that.
Guardiola's haul of silverware does dwarf that of Klopp - with 27 major trophies compared to the German's five - but the City boss has considerable respect for his Liverpool counterpart.
After starting the season with seven straight wins, though, Liverpool have now failed to win in any of their last four matches as the upcoming global break comes at the right time for Jurgen Klopp's men.
Liverpool, who remain unbeaten in their last 18 home games against City, came out roaring and dominated the opening 10 minutes but Guardiola's side weathered that early storm, slowed the game down and frustrated the hosts.
He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis". A performance that harps back to former European ties against Maribor and Osijek in which Morelos put a goal and an assist past the former in a 3-1 win and scored a crucial away goal against the latter.
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Guardiola said on Friday playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, out since August with a knee injury, would be assessed ahead of the game. They were better than us, in my opinion. The Belgian was expected to be out for three months but returned to training earlier this week.
Remarkably, the striker has managed to maintain and build upon his solid goalscoring record from last season with even more goals while still dropping deep to play in team mates that enjoy overlapping him on either wing.
"And Liverpool have to maybe as well beat them for the rest of the league to give belief out there that they can be beaten".
"We defended in a lot of moments really good". We want to show a reaction.
"There is no real way, no one thing you have to do that you can beat them - that's not there".
The midfielder has become a key member of Steven Gerrard's side after joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer, on the back of a half-season stint with Sunderland in the Championship.