Pep Not Focused On Head-To-Head Record With Klopp

MANCHESTER ENGLAND- MAY 06  Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City lift the Premier League trophy during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Hud

MANCHESTER ENGLAND- MAY 06 Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City lift the Premier League trophy during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Hud

Neville's colleague at Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher, says that Liverpool can not afford to lose to City if they want to mount a serious title challenge.

Manchester City star midifelder Iklay Gundogan has sent out a warning ahead of the Citizens encounter with Liverpool this weekend.

That's the view of former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who says he was surprised to see the Reds front three play for as long as they did against Napoli on Wednesday. "Of course, the Liverpool fans want him to play bad and he wants to play good, but I won't [leave him out] for that reason".

Almost half of all City's defeats last season came against Klopp's team, including both legs of their Champions League quarter-final, while a 4-3 loss at Anfield ended their hopes of going a whole Premier League season unbeaten.

"It didn't affect me one bit, but it was something they felt they had to do to try to get under our skin because of the football we were playing last season".

De Bruyne has been out with knee ligament damage since the opening weekend of the season but has returned to training ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table clash at Anfield. Liverpool's defence has performed well this season, although space can open up in their right-back zone - Eden Hazard twice got in behind in that zone last week.

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Salah made a blistering start to his Anfield career on his return to England, scoring a record 32 Premier League goals and 44 goals in all competitions.

But come Sunday, they can count on the intangibles of Anfield on top of the talent of a bolstered squad and inspirational manager to keep City waiting for a win there and strike first blood in the title race.

Man City will also make a late assessment on Kevin De Bruyne after he returned to training last week following two months out with a knee ligament injury but the Belgian worldwide may only be fit enough for the bench.

"Obviously we won the last three games against City".

City's team bus was attacked outside the stadium when it last visited the ground for a Champions League tie in April, with windows smashed as it was hit by missiles. Adam Lallana and Divock Origi are a couple of other players who won't be taking part in the game.

"I mentioned earlier one of our qualities is perspective, not making things bigger than they need to be, and that applies to fixtures like this".

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