Guardiola: City must beat Leicester, Southampton before Liverpool showdown

Guardiola: City must beat Leicester, Southampton before Liverpool showdown

Guardiola: City must beat Leicester, Southampton before Liverpool showdown

Keita suffered both a foot and rib injury, but he is also expected to feature in Liverpool's Boxing Day match.

But Klopp has positioned his team perfectly to intensify their challenge after the festive period.

"You have seen some teams come here and nearly play to lose and we never do that because we go into every game trying to win and we managed to do that". We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it.

Silva will be looking for his side to bounce back at Turf Moor against a struggling Burnley side on Boxing Day.

"I don't think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play", Hodgson said after their shock win over City, according to FourFourTwo.

"For the second half of the season, yes we are [greedy]", Klopp said.

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield
Guardiola: City must beat Leicester, Southampton before Liverpool showdown

"We're going to Leicester needing to win", he said.

I know the whistle has gone, but that is why I think it is unacceptable. "These kind of poker games we do not play". It's hard to win football games, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't.

City lost just two league matches in 2017-18 - to Liverpool and United - but defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace this month mean they have already equalled that tally before the halfway stage of the season. It can still go wrong, that's how life is, but we have to be focused, we all have to be focused, not kind of nervous. It's a different team, a different time. "If you think that, then that's the moment things go wrong". That's what we have to do against Newcastle again.

When Daniel Sturridge moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan last season, most fans would've expected the former Chelsea star was set to leave permanently anytime soon.

Benitez, who won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool, has endured a hard season with Newcastle, who are 15th in the league and five points clear of the bottom three. It worked out really well in 2012, [but] 2013 not that good.

I saw a debate on TV the other day suggesting Van Dijk might be the best player in the world right now and while we don't normally think about defenders in that light, he can't be far off that. I am for sure the reason for a few things that are not that good because I am far away from being ideal, but my experience or not experience will not be key.

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