Pep Guardiola: Man City have no replacement for Fernandinho

There has been a 12-point turnover in their favour since the beginning of December, which is a lot, but I don't think anybody ever wrote City off.

"It was not our or City's best game because we both made it hard for the other team".

The Netherlands worldwide was part of the Liverpool FC team that failed to extend their unbeaten run to 21 games in the current campaign. Normally you would hear the crowd shouting "man on, man on" as a striker closes in but because we are used to seeing them so calm and effective in possession, everyone lets them get on with it. "But how on Earth is that not a red card?" This is something we are really focused on because we truly believe in his qualities - he has speed, unpredictability, quality'.

"We have seen the impact made by Virgil van Dijk since his £75m arrival last January and I wonder whether a move for a powerhouse defender like Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly could give Klopp's side the bit they need at the back".

"I'm not sure too many people picked up on it at the Etihad this week, but what struck me was just how ballistic City went when they won", Fowler wrote in the Mirror. "Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post", he said.

Despite a combination of nerves and fatigue at the end of a gruelling festive period, the game swung from end to end in the second-half.

"I was fine with the performance, the intensity of the game".

"I have so much faith in my players", Klopp said.

Last season, Liverpool suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round, in a match that is remembered for its interesting introduction of VAR in English football. With the possibility they could have fallen 10 points behind, it was a game City could not afford to lose.

"Simon is a Premier League goalkeeper, everybody knows that, so I'm really happy for him that he can have that game". He only has to talk and analyse the games, spare a thought for us punters who have to attempt to predict the outcomes!

For all their illustrious past, Liverpool haven't won the English league since 1990 and their most recent challenge, in 2014, ended with what many felt was a submission to pressure.

"29 years now without the league, what an opportunity, you don't want to keep playing game after game after game".

In this crucial area Liverpool look to have the edge to add to their slightly easier fixture list and the four-point advantage they already have.

Louis van Gaal has slammed Paul Merson after the Sky Sports pundit had some questionable advice for Liverpool.

  • Julie Sanders