Guardiola claims that Liverpool attacking trio are unstoppable

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his focus is on their two-legged Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool even though they could be crowned Premier League champions against Manchester United next weekend.

Statistics suggest that TV viewing figures, newspapers sales and website hits are still being dominated by the Premier League's enduringly big clubs, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham still the four teams that boast a deeper and more loyal fan base, while Everton, Newcastle and Championship sides such as Leeds and Aston Villa benefiting from long-established and historic support that is not affected by their lack of succes.

The rest of the lineup seems fairly set in stone and it'd be a surprise to see any changes, but left back is the position to watch, especially because that player will take on a large share of Mo Salah duties.

To get the result that they are looking for this time, Guardiola knows he needs to have an answer for the Reds "fab three". "If we are not able, congratulations Liverpool and next season we will be back stronger but we are going to try". The £57m addition was otherwise largely unchallenged as, with Walcott limited to 19 touches and Everton to a meagre 18% of possession, it felt an inconclusive audition.

In spite of the defeat, Pep Guardiola's side remains 16 points clear at the top of the standings.

Wednesday's game is obviously huge, but where does it rank for City fans, in terms of their biggest matches since their era of success began?

For much of this season there has been little doubt over who would be named Player of the Year in England - City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been so good with his precision passing, tireless running and quality finishes that there hardly seemed to be another contender worth considering.

And Guardiola preferred to look at the bigger picture and refused to indulge in what it would mean to beat United to clinch the league.

"Jürgen is a terrific coach and he's capable of motivating his team ahead of every game".

Klopp said: "In the moment, nobody should be worried about our mood".

Personally, I think the truth lies at both ends of the spectrum.

"But they are the favourites".

"Liverpool have the pace, power, belief and know-how". "Yet still against Palace on Saturday we saw how they can be cut open". There will be many more tests to come, but so far he has looked comfortable in almost all of them, giving every reason to think he is money well spent. (But) of course, the most important thing is these two games. It's just the way football goes.

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