Martin Keown predicts Liverpool FC will be Man City's biggest test

Martin Keown predicts Liverpool FC will be Man City's biggest test

He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn't try. Always they were a good and stable team.

The Spaniard has not featured in any of the Reds' last eight games since picking up an ankle tendon injury against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in early December.

The return of Salah will be vital if they are to become the first Premier League team to inflict a defeat on City, and his pace will surely trouble the visitors' defence.

Guardiola is looking forward to his latest showdown against Klopp, who he first faced during their respective spells in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The City boss, whose side face Liverpool in an eagerly-anticipated clash this afternoon (4pm), said: "In football and in sport, anything can happen".

"I cannot give you the details, but we tried all you can imagine, believe me".

"(Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane are tough guys for us to control, especially when we lose the ball in unsafe positions, because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.

"I love that, but that doesn't mean we will win against Man City, but that does mean we can be really hard for City".

"Of course, (Philippe) Coutinho's not there, in the middle, with the talent that he has, but (Georginio) Wijnaldum and Emre Can are, and (Adam) Lallana's come back".

The visitors have not won at Anfield since 2013 in the domestic league but will go into this game as favourites to take all three points.

"I don't think many people have got his natural ability with his right and left foot and the way he manipulates the ball".

With their name already effectively engraved on the trophy, the question now turns to whether they can replicate Arsenal's 2003/04 unbeaten league season. "Their fans demand attacking football". Aguero has always loved scoring against Liverpool and if Van Dijk can keep him quiet, Liverpool will be halfway towards taking a result from this game. But you never know.

"It is simple like that".

But that was not to be, and via spells at Genk, Chelsea and Wolfsburg, the playmaker ended up where he is at Manchester City - at the age of 26, he is now one of the best players in Europe.

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