Kompany demands City 'pull everything out of the locker' against Liverpool

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"We're in a good position just now but it's about continuing that and trying to build on every game that we play". But we prepare for one game. Sometimes we made it too easy for our opponents to go through and we left them too many open spaces.

The former England striker wrote in his Daily Mirror column: "Even if Liverpool were to beat Manchester City 5-0 at the Etihad".

The Reds are now seven points ahead of the Cityzens going into this game, however, the win for the latter could cut the gap and ramp up the pressure in this year's title race.

With its dynamic front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool is never more risky than on the counterattack. Would I say they are the best team in the world if nobody would ask me? No.

"Our pride has been hurt over recent weeks but we have everything to play for".

"The performance was excellent, we looked aggressive in retrieving the ball", he told City's website.

Give Liverpool credit, but not to the players or manager (obviously). And there's a sense he struggles to set teams up against managerial counterpart Juergen Klopp.

Guardiola, not Klopp, has been the one tinkering with tactics heading into their matchups. "They were very hard to beat", said the left-back. In October, he reined in his fullbacks and kept the central midfield compact and close to his wingers.

In the league meetings between these two, Liverpool haven't fared to well here recently, winning just one (Nov 2015 1-4) of their last nine visits to the Etihad.

'This will be the second game of the second leg so there are a lot of points to play for.

"So we have to go there and try everything to get a result".

In the documentary "All Or Nothing" which chronicled City's title triumph, Guardiola is seen admitting to his coaching staff ahead of returning to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg: "They scare me".

Liverpool are searching for their first league title since 1990, as well as their first trophy under Klopp's management.

Jürgen Klopp has responded to Pep Guardiola's lavish praise of Liverpool by insisting Manchester City are still the best team in the world.

'I'm not the type of guy who keeps a tally of that kind of thing, ' said 30-year-old Aguero, who bagged his ninth league goal of the season in City's 3-1 win at Southampton on Sunday. Crucially, midfield anchorman Fernandinho is fit and available.