Liverpool's biggest game of the season awaits them tomorrow at Anfield when they host Manchester City.
The Merseyside outfit came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after former Manchester City striker Sturridge netted a late equaliser.
Last season's two Premier League games brought 12 goals, with City taking the first 5-0 and Liverpool getting their own back with a 4-3 win at Anfield.More news: Brett Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight
"The reason why last time he didn't [start] - the only time he didn't [start] - was for another reason, a tactical movement, so Kyle Walker can attack more on the right side than him", Guardiola said at a news conference.
"They are a top side even if we win, the way they play".
But with both sides only separated by City's superior goal difference at the top of the table having dropped just two points each so far this season, the clash will go a long way to telling if Liverpool are capable of knocking Guardiola's men off their perch.
And Klopp had high praise for his opposite number ahead of the meeting between the two teams at Anfield on Sunday. Vincent Kompany will hope to keep his place but I think Guardiola may go with the pace of Laporte against a mobile Liverpool front three.
He said: "After the game it felt much more clear they deserved to win than after the analysis". We have to prove that we are as good as we can be and we have shown that in a few moments.More news: Chance of tropical depression or tropical storm developing in Gulf has increased
"I have a really good relationship with Pep".
Liverpool may have beaten City three times in a row last season - but Virgil van Dijk is only interested in the present and the future, not the past.
"That's all we need to know".
"At home we made very good game as well". Each striker could write a book about these moments when you score without knowing how exactly it works, how you did it, with each ball in a flawless way and stuff like that.More news: Melania Trump gives thumbs-up to Kavanaugh