This came during the press conference held by Pep today, Friday, regarding the clash of the two teams, on Sunday at the top of the matches of the 23rd round of the English Premier League.
Guardiola began the press conference by talking about injuries: “Like the last game, Sergio (Aguero), Kevin (De Bruyne), and Nathan (Aki) will not be there. The rest of the players are in good condition.”
And about City having the best chance now to beat Liverpool at Anfield: “The goal is to win and achieve the three points. This is another match in the 38 Premier League matches we play.”
Given the importance of the match in the title race: “I don’t make predictions as I don’t know. I don’t know what will happen to my team until I anticipate the rest of the teams. 60 days ago, we were 12th, and now we are in the lead. It’s always difficult to face Liverpool. They are a top team. They have top-class players, and so does the coach. ”
He added: “Facing Liverpool is always difficult; they know what to do offensively and defensively, and they will have greater attacking strength to recover from the Brighton match. It will be important to win and expand the difference to 10 points.”
Pep also commented on Jurgen Klopp’s comments in which he indicated that City would get two weeks of rest, which Liverpool did not get: “He got it wrong, he has to look for the calendar again. We suffered from Corona. We played with 14 players at Stamford Bridge. I didn’t think Juergen was going. From that kind of coach. I did not wait for this comment from him; I will talk to him tomorrow. ”
Given the success of City’s players in compensating for the absence of Kevin De Bruyne: “We won a lot of titles because of the importance of each player we have, it is not possible to win the big prizes with only 12 players, I know how the team can win, and how to continue when points are lost because we have many players”.
İlkay Gündoğan commented: “He has the experience, quality, and personality, and he previously hit the penalty spot in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. I love the smart player who solves problems in matches, and this is the reason for his quality.”