Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has called on his side to defeat Liverpool in their Premier League clash on Thursday.
He called on his team to take inspiration from last season’s 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
“Last year we beat them 5-0 here. It’s Liverpool, the best team in England’s history. We can beat them. I know today nobody trusts us but it is what it is,” Spaniard Guardiola told a news conference on Wednesday.
Liverpool responded to the 5-0 defeat with a 4-3 victory at Anfield to hand City their first defeat of the last campaign and Guardiola acknowledged their threat.
“They are in the moment the best team in Europe, in the consistency, the way they control the details in their game. We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game. Everyone is talking if we lose, but we can win,” he said.
The teams’ latest meeting ended goalless earlier this season and Guardiola likened Thursday’s game to the second leg of a knockout clash.
“The reality is clear. We’re seven points down. This will be the second game of the second leg so there are a lot of points to play for,”.
The Citizens are boosted with news that playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who missed the 3-1 win at Southampton last time out due to a muscle injury as City snapped a two-game losing run, could play a part in the crunch match.
“He trained today but tomorrow we need another check in the morning. He’s much better,” Guardiola said.