Liverpool v Manchester City: Essential reading for Super Sunday

Liverpool v Manchester City: Essential reading for Super Sunday

Liverpool were on the front foot against Manchester City in September before Sadio Mane's sending off changed the game - but how did they do it and can it be done again?

"Spain made a big step forward with the national team and the clubs 10 years ago when the journalists talked about what happened before and after the game on the pitch", he said, in an observation that was later challenged by a member of the Spanish press corps in Manchester.

City, still in the hunt for four trophies this term, could also become the first team to win a top-flight match at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the same season since Wimbledon in 1986-87.

While Coutinho's departure brought the curtain down on his role in Liverpool's attacking "Fab four", Klopp's three remaining big hitters will ensure the Reds pose a major threat to City's unbeaten record. Of course, Coutinho had a lot to do with the streak that will shortly be put on the line, but so did Mohamed Salah and his 14 goals over the course of the run, Roberto Firmino's 10, Sadio Mané's 5 and the 18 assists between them. "We need to use (Sunday's) game to clarify something".

The Champions League is the only one they have only got a 50-50 chance of winning.

City have lost just once in all competitions this season - to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League - and have a 15-point advantage at the top of the table having scored 64 goals and conceded just 13.

Sunday's match will be City's seventh in 23 days, and Guardiola has so far tempered expectations with the reality of future tests. We know we can beat City.

He, too, wants clarity, even if he and his club already have considerably more of it than Klopp and Liverpool.

Kevin De Bruyne's rise under Pep Guardiola's stewardship has been a pivotal reason behind Manchester City's domination over the Premier League this season. "So it makes you work harder".