Big Match Focus: Liverpool v Manchester City

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The most highly-anticipated contest of this young Premier League season arrives on Friday when first-place Manchester City visits second-place Liverpool.

They then knocked them out of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate victory, which came following a 3-0 victory at home and a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

"But we'll try again, knowing that they have a very good squad but we will go with 100 per cent, so we can try to get the three points".

While City are seeking to consolidate themselves as the dominant force in English football by becoming the first side in a decade to retain the title, Klopp's task is to end Liverpool's near three-decade wait to win the league.

Have Liverpool planted that seed in City's heads? "I see his teams playing and I know that is really exceptional. We shouldn't need the police to protect the bus", said the Spaniard.

It would suggest Klopp will always have a better chance in a cup competition and Guardiola in a league format.

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"I grew up in a time when Boris Becker and Michael Stich were the best tennis players in Germany and maybe for a few years in the world", Klopp explains. There have been 23 goals shared between the sides in their last six meetings at Anfield (in the league) that's an average of 3.8 goals per game.

Jurgen Klopp says he is unsure whether Naby Keita will be available to face Man City on Sunday afternoon, following a back problem.

Liverpool beat City three times last season - twice in the Champions League and also in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January when Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all scored. However, Liverpool has enjoyed dominance over the defending Premier League champions in the recent past and who will win the upcoming fixture is anybody's guess. "I don't know what's going to happen".

When Kenny Dalglish led the Reds to an 18th league title in 1989-90, Liverpool were streets ahead as England's most successful club. 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 ideal way and stuff like that.

Finally, it's not often we feature the Radio Times in this round-up, so here is a snippet of Simon Barnes' preview of today's game. "But that's no problem; if you work hard, you earn it".

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