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Toure warns Rodgers that Liverpool should fear Manchester City

By Jim Gracey

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned league leaders Liverpool they should fear their Boxing Day trip to the Etihad (5.30pm) as even Barcelona are afraid of them.

Brendan Rodgers' Reds will arrive full of confidence as festive table-toppers for the first time in five years.

They are actually the last club to be in that position and not go on to win the title but despite rising optimism at Anfield, Toure sounded a word of caution.

Having been drawn against Barcelona in the knockout stage of the Champions League, Toure (right), revealed: "I had a call from one of my old Barca team-mates from Spain who was quite disappointed. He wasn't sure what would happen. In the past they would be confident they would go through and beat anyone but they are afraid about us.

"The way we are playing at home means they are quite scared because we play fantastic football, we score goals and it is total attack."

City's home record is formidable as they have won all eight league matches and scored 35 goals and they are only in third place, one point behind Liverpool, because of their inferior away form.

Striker Sergio Aguero has scored eight of his 13 league goals at the Etihad but his calf injury means fans will be denied the chance to see the top-flight's two leading scorers go head-to-head.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez is in the form of his life with 19 goals in just 12 league games and Toure admits it is difficult to separate the two.

"Suarez is a brilliant player and this season he is at the top. Him and Aguero are the best strikers in England, no question, and are up there as the best in the world too.

"It would have been fantastic to see them on the same pitch in this game. But Liverpool are a team with other good players too and a good manager. It will be a big, big game."

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