July 17, 2024

Guardiola maintains Liverpool remains Man City’s ultimate test despite their poor start 

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Pep Guardiola maintains Liverpool remains Man City’s ultimate test despite their poor start ahead of Sunday match.

Pep Guardiola reckons his Manchester City side will face their “biggest test” of the season at Liverpool on Sunday.

Guardiola considers Jurgen Klopp’s team, who has been City’s main title opponent in recent years, remains the ultimate test despite Liverpool’s terrible start to the season.

Manchester City plays a Champions League match against Copenhagen on Monday, followed by trips to Anfield and six days off before facing Brighton in the Premier League.

Guardiola reckons Liverpool remains City’s ultimate test

“Always after games, I’m really tired,” said Guardiola. “I want to rest with the family after these three games.

“I think about Copenhagen, as I want to finish first in the group, and we have to win there.

“We have to finish qualification and meet the first target of this part of the season – we want to be there in the last 16.

“After that, we have four days to prepare for Anfield, and it won’t be any surprise to tell you how fascinating, difficult and competitive that will be.

“The biggest test, I would say, we can face in England is going to happen next Sunday.”

Meanwhile, while Erling Haaland has been a revelation on the pitch with his record-breaking goalscoring exploits for Manchester City, off it he has been equally effective after playing the role of middleman in his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Manuel Akanji’s move to the club.

Akanji, who joined City on transfer deadline day, was one of the club’s less-notable summer acquisitions. He was presumably brought in to provide defensive backup for the Premier League champions.

But the Swiss defender, described as “a gift” by Guardiola, has emerged as a key player, with injuries thrusting him into the starting line-up on a regular basis.

After another impressive display in City’s comfortable win over Southampton, Akanji revealed Haaland’s role in his move to City, giving Guardiola the lowdown on him before the club signed him for £ 15 million.

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