MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City head coach, spoke about his side making a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool and he admitted that playing at this stadium is always something special for him.

Manchester City are currently at the top of the Premier League table, 15 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United and they managed to make a record-breaking run of 18 consecutive wins in the domestic league this season. The Citizens lost their only game under Guardiola at Anfield 1-0 and the coach knows that it’s going to be very difficult once again…

The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach spoke about this difficult match as he said, according to Sky Sports“We know how complicated it is to go to Anfield, but hopefully we can show who we are. That’s all I want to fight for with my players during the game. We get on quite well, I met him in Germany and I have a lot of respect for him. Always [an admirer of how Klopp’s teams play], even before when he was at Dortmund and I appreciate his approach a lot.”

He continued by adding that he is very happy to be given a chance to play a match like that: “Of course they are challengers, going to Liverpool away is always tough. It is always a big challenge to improve and see on the bigger stages if we can handle the way we are. I love Anfield. For managers to play in these kinds of games on the big stages, I’ll love to be there on Sunday.”

In the end, Pep Guardiola insisted that Coutinho is a fantastic player and Liverpool will miss him: “He is a fantastic player. Liverpool had a lot of resources and it remains a good team, but top clubs like Barcelona pay a lot of money and that’s why he is a good player.”