The view from Man City: 'It's the ideal storm'

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"Everyone is talking about "if we lose" - but we can win".

Kompany, who has won three Premier League titles, insists there is no shame in being beaten by a better team - as long as City have given their best. Liverpool haven't suffered a single defeat so far this season.

Even though he is more than capable of influencing the game going forward, it's likely that he may have to be more defensively focused at The Etihad, with City likely to try to bring the game to Liverpool and put them under a lot of pressure.

"Especially after the bad results recently, as a collective we have to be more settled in defence and attack more aggressively".

Klopp employs a number of the same principles, and through the "Gegenpress" has been one of the few managers who has been able to consistently trouble Guardiola's teams.

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City's poor run of form over Christmas allowed Liverpool to move seven points clear at the top ahead of the match, and victory for the Reds at the Etihad would leave the champions facing an uphill battle to defend their crown.

The importance of Fernandinho was highlighted by City suffering defeats in back-to-back matches which he missed, but he returned last time out and beats the likes of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho to a place in midfield.

Leicester City has since won the league in a true footballing fairytale and no one can claim there is anything magical or romantic about Liverpool's current challenge. The first game they were better than us, the second game I thought we were better than them. Of course not, it's hard with the qualities all the teams have.

While both teams will need to be on top of their games across the field, here are three pivotal areas which could see the game swing in either Liverpool or Manchester City's favour. We have watched some of that game in preparation for Thursday.

"They are at the moment the best team in Europe, in the consistency, the way they control the details in their game".

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"I think we got finally rid of the backpack when we reached the Champions League final", he said. "They will be ready and we have to make sure we are ready, that's all".

In recent times, Manchester City had faced the most trouble from Liverpool both in Champions League and Premier League. "Or do they go for the jugular and win the Premier League on Thursday night?"

And Liverpool boss Klopp is hoping to welcome back the versatile Milner, who has been sidelined with a hamstring problem, for the trip to City. I just don't see how City can keep him quiet with the lack of personnel that they have available for that position.

Ex-England midfielder Milner lifted the Premier League title with City in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

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