Liverpool's quest to end a 30-year wait to reclaim the domestic crown that once took nearly permanent residency in Anfield's trophy room reaches a defining moment on Sunday. Klopp responded by promising not to mention the "tactical fouls" City have been accused of making under Guardiola - while, of course, mentioning them. In the 13 meetings between the pair, the German has won eight, whilst the Spaniard only five.
The City boss will be hoping his side can pick up a valuable three points on Sunday as they go in search of a third consecutive league title.
Jurgen Klopp has an nearly full squad to choose from for Sunday's game, barring 2-3 first-team players.
Klopp's side have plenty to gain.
The Reds will be looking to extend their lead, and what looks to be a huge clash.
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So, how do the media's national pundits see the match going?
"This is the game of games".
"They are hard to understand and hard to read".
Ahead of the top-of-the-table clash, he said: "It's a big game, two really good teams face each other".
Pep Guardiola expressed confidence in Bravo, who has not made a Premier League start since May 2018.
It is a tribute to City's growth and consistency under Guardiola that it could be argued they have not had the credit they deserve for this feat.
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"Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were way off it last week, with Sadio Mane carrying the front three and grabbing the match-winner at the death". We can not deny how good Liverpool are but the way we played, the personality, it was good. I don't think so. Clearly there's always competition for places at a club like City and if you can establish yourself there, then you're in a good place to be in good form when you come with us.
"It is one of these games, after the miserable feeling of the last one, which will give everyone a "wow" moment".
"You have seen the team".
It is not inconceivable as Liverpool had a 10-point lead over Pep Guardiola's side last season after they had played 20 games, although City had played a game fewer. He continued: "I said last season when we won the Premier League, that they are the best contender I've faced in my career".
"Anfield is sure to be rocking".
Although it is very early in the season a nine-point gap at the top would be very significant.
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