War of Words - Klopp v Guardiola

Liverpool vs Manchester City: how and where to watch: times, TV, online

Liverpool vs Manchester City: how and where to watch: times, TV, online

They will host the champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon in what could end up being a season-defining match.

The Anderlecht player-manager told The Sun: "I had a good friend who was at Liverpool for their game against Wolves that day".

City can't afford to lose and Liverpool may be frightened of losing so it could be a bit more cagey than some are expecting. It was quite similar to the Champions League game.

City's excellence under Guardiola has nearly been taken for granted in some quarters.

"A draw would see Liverpool maintain their six-point lead over City while Pep Guardiola's side would surely settle for a point with Aymeric Laporte out with a long-term injury". It is remarkable that this achievement seems to have been downplayed given its scale.

"It's not [about] adapting, it's because they are good", Guardiola said. That could be an ominous omen for Liverpool heading into the crunch contest at Anfield.

A win this weekend and Liverpool become massive favourites for the title. In the league at least, they have forgotten how to lose.

Goals from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah gave the European champions a dream start before Sadio Mane's diving header early in the second half sealed City's fate.

As for Anfield itself, City will need to turn the tide of history on Sunday.

Guardiola's team will travel to Anfield knowing that they need to win and that makes them risky, as they the attackers to carve through any team and also chief creator Kevin De Bruyne. In all competitions, they have played 18 and lost 12.

"But it changed the way we saw games against them from that moment".

It's a rivalry that has grown in the last few years as both sides tussle for supremacy as the top team in England.

Last time City went to Anfield in the league, Pep Guardiola set his team up defensively looking to not loose and you feel that the Spanish tactician will be looking for more of the same.

It is, on this occasion, a game unlikely to be characterised by caution.

"Lately, a lot of new things have been introduced in football, but I still love things how they were in the old days - people shout and get their team forward".

Guardiola admits he can not offer any magic bullet to explain away City's dire record at Anfield, with a Nicolas Anelka inspired 2-1 win in 2003 their only successful trip since 1981.

Liverpool's past two home league games against Leicester City and Liverpool have been won 2-1, both secured with late penalties awarded for fouls on Mane.

However, Klopp's record stands firm against Guardiola.