The game between Manchester City and Liverpool this Saturday may well suffer from this as both teams could well be without, arguably, their best player. One club, Burnley, abstained.
“Even though they didn’t win the Premier League for a long time they are one of the challengers”, said Guardiola.
“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window”.
First up, we have commentary of Manchester City and Liverpool from the Etihad Stadium with Dave McIntyre and Gary Breen.
Klopp enjoys a rather good record against Man City in that time, winning three of the four league meetings since his arrival at Liverpool.
And yes, if you are into betting, you might want to put your money on a couple of goals, as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s men are fantastic going forward. Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the worldwide break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.
Back in 2014 Liverpool striker Luis Suarez swapped Merseyside for the Catalan outfit and has thrived ever since in La Liga.
His side have stuttered slightly so far, drawing at home to Everton, and needing a 97th minute victor from Raheem Sterling to beat Bournemouth.
“I don’t think there will be any problems reintegrating him, particular with team-mates”.
“Before he went to Brazil, he couldn’t train for around three weeks”.
City will need their key players to be on top form if they are to worsen Liverpool’s record, but are now sweating on the fitness of their captain, Vincent Kompany.
The manager noted that if any of his players who aren’t involved lose confidence, he can not necessarily change that, adding: “It’s always a decision for one game”. Liverpool are up there with (Manchester) United in having the most titles (in England) and in Europe.
“There’s so much quality and depth in the side, I think we’ll cope with it well”.
Guardiola was also upbeat about City’s failure to sign a centre back during the recent transfer window, saying he had enough cover for the position in Eliaquim Mangala and 19-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo.
“He started the process of being a Jose team previous year when they were a whisker away from being a lot better than they finished”.