Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City

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"We have to battle and fight with them for different things in the league, and maybe in the Champions League at one point if it comes to that again".

Carragher was obvious in naming former recruits Liverpool as his top contenders and also insisted that defending champions Manchester City were also a force to reckon.

However, when asked if De Bruyne was in with a chance of featuring against Liverpool, Guardiola remained coy. They are a top side in the way they play.

Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Sunday is the biggest match of the Premier League season so far - and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is among those hoping to be entertained.

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So often outgunned by City's oil wealth and United's commercial power in recent years, Liverpool were the biggest spenders in this summer's transfer market in a declaration of intent to win the title.

Despite only returning to training on Monday after a six-week layoff with knee ligament damage, Kevin De Bruyne could make his return to action a full two weeks earlier than expected. The Blues have failed to win at Anfield since 2003. Guardiola said. "We try to be close to them".

Against a side of City's quality, I would always want to get a couple of results onside, and if the game is drawn, DNB allows your stake to be returned.

Liverpool is one of the true greatest teams in England. The Senegalese striker has scored four league goals against them, and only has a better record against Crystal Palace. I don't play against the manager, we play against Liverpool.

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"What I know, because I know how I would be in that situation, is that they lost the quarter-finals against us a year ago and the league game here after a long run without a defeat and they want to respond".

Manchester City star midifelder Iklay Gundogan has sent out a warning ahead of the Citizens encounter with Liverpool this weekend.

"I think the best way to protect the bus is down to the Liverpool fans who are there", Guardiola said.

Speaking ahead of their massive home tie with title rivals Manchester City, Klopp highlighted an unexpected reason behind Milner's incredible improvement as a midfielder.

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The eyes of the football world will be on this game on Sunday - it should be a thrilling contest between two teams committed to play attacking football.