Premier League champions Manchester City are no underdogs to table-topping Liverpool, insists Pep Guardiola ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
Liverpool hold a six-point lead over City after 11 games going into the match at Anfield, with a chance to move nine points clear of their title rivals heading into the international break.
City have won just one match at Liverpool since Boxing Day 1981 – back in 2003 – but Guardiola says he has never been an underdog in his managerial career and goes into Sunday’s clash believing his side can claim victory.
“The people outside the club, the people in the media they try to call us underdogs or not underdogs,” Guardiola said.
“I have never felt like this. Never.
“Of course, they are six points ahead and have played fantastic all season, but I’m not going to take a bus to Anfield thinking I am going to lose the game.
“I never have thought that in my career. Always I think of something special to do and we will have our chance to win.
“We know to win this game we must be at our top level. We need an incredible attention to detail. You must believe you can win the game, but we will see what will happens.”
“I will try to tell [my players] what they have to do to try to win the game, both in the mental approach and the tactical decisions,” he added.
“When you see the statistics… I don’t believe much in these kind of things. However, it does show how difficult it is going to Anfield.
“I cannot explain it. It’s hard to go to the big stadiums away and win. They’re a good team, what can I say, everybody knows it.”