"You can only talk about the importance of the game after the season is over", he added.
The two best teams in the English top-flight renew a rivalry that defined last season's title race and may do so again, providing Pep Guardiola's injury-hit Manchester City keep up with Liverpool. "We'll fight until the very end", the 31-year-old told the club website.
This time around, Manchester City is struggling with injuries a whole lot more. It was quite similar to the Champions League game. When I look back at the games I used to look forward to, they were the Man United vs Liverpool's, especially at Anfield, Man United vs Man City, but these are the games at Anfield, I love the whole scenario of these games.
City's excellence under Guardiola has nearly been taken for granted in some quarters. "Liverpool have not been at their absolute peak lately, but they are relentless, and should they open the advantage up to nine points, it will be a long, long way back for the champions". It is remarkable that this achievement seems to have been downplayed given its scale. That could be an ominous omen for Liverpool heading into the crunch contest at Anfield.
Liverpool's recent run of victories has been underlined by their will to win, rather than dominating their opponents perfectly shown last weekend when Sadio Mane scored a last-gasp victor against Aston Villa. In the league at least, they have forgotten how to lose.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are Liverpool's front three.
"I'm pretty sure that if there's a chance to win at Anfield it's when you believe you're going to win the game". In all competitions, they have played 18 and lost 12.
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It is, on this occasion, a game unlikely to be characterised by caution.
Despite City's domestic success in recent seasons, Guardiola has failed to win in three of his four trips to Anfield with the Sky Blues.
"The mood among City fans towards these games against Liverpool had changed".
However, Klopp's record stands firm against Guardiola.
It was the first sign of any underlying public tension involving the two managers.
Henderson was rested for the mid-week Champions League, but the Liverpool captain should return for this key clash.
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