Raheem Sterling confident Man City can beat Liverpool

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They thrashed Arsenal 5-1 in their last outing and Guardiola claims City are the underdogs.

Guardiola insists City will keep fighting for the Premier League title no matter what happens on Thursday evening. There was nothing between them in the standings - they were tied on points after seven games - and plenty of respect was shown on both sides.

"They will be seven points behind if they draw that". But we can beat them.

Asked if the City defeat laid bare the size of Saints' survival fight, Hasenhuttl replied: "I knew it from the beginning, I knew exactly what a brutal schedule was waiting for us, and to prepare a new team, to know the new players, what they can do for you".

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is aiming to continue his "hot streak" against Liverpool when the teams meet at The Etihad on Thursday night.

Left-back is one of the easier positions to choose in this team with Man City missing Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, although even with those two in contention Andrew Robertson would still get the nod having built a reputation as arguably the best in the league in his position.

"We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game". If we can do that better [contain Salah, Firmino & Mane] then we'll win the game.

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But City plan to press the Brazilian in pairs whenever he has the ball at his feet as Guardiola believes there is a mistake in Alisson if they can make him panic.

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

Manchester City's unbeaten run last season came to an end when they travelled to Anfield and lost a thrilling 4-3 encounter. The Bianconeri have accumulated 53 points from 17 wins, and have dropped points just twice - against Genoa and Atalanta - and have set a record for then highest tally gained in a calendar year. In last year's league game at Anfield, he played an extra midfielder in Ilkay Gundogan instead of a winger, Raheem Sterling, and it left the team lopsided.

'There's no denying it is a huge game for both clubs.

Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, said: "He trained today but tomorrow we need another check in the morning - but he is much better".

Although City have goalscorers all over the pitch, they will be seriously weakened if van Dijk can stifle Aguero for 90 minutes, as he is also a very important player in other aspects of City's attacking play.