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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) was sent off for a bad tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) was sent off for a bad tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz

Sergio Aguero, right, has received a four-match ban following his dismissal for a reckless tackle on David Luiz, left

Sergio Aguero, right, has received a four-match ban following his dismissal for a reckless tackle on David Luiz, left

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) was sent off for a bad tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz

Sergio Aguero returns from a four-match suspension for Manchester City's Premier League trip to title rivals Liverpool on Saturday.

Top scorer Aguero has missed City's last four games after being sent off for a wild tackle on Chelsea's David Luiz earlier this month.

During his enforced break - a second suspension of the season after being hit with a three-game ban in August - Aguero has spent some time resting back at home in Argentina.

But now the 28-year-old is back and looking to add to his season's 16-goal tally in Saturday's eagerly-anticipated Premier League clash at title rivals Liverpool.

"He is ready," Guardiola said. "He came back good from Argentina - finally back after seven games banned, three games plus four - and we are happy he is back."

The New Year's Eve clash at Anfield pits third-placed City against the side immediately above them. It will also be the first time Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, two of the Premier League's elite managers and rivals from spells in Germany, have faced each other in England.

The anticipation is heightened as Liverpool are the competition's highest scorers so far this season with 45 goals, while City's 39 is the joint-second highest tally.

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Guardiola attended Liverpool's 4-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday and rates the Reds as "contenders, definitely".

He added: "I was lucky to play against Jurgen Klopp. I think we know each other quite well and I saw Liverpool this year many times.

"There are six teams fighting for the title, especially for the first four positions, for the Champions League qualification. I see the contenders as really tough teams. It will be a good fight until the end of the season.

"I don't know what will happen tomorrow. We have to equal their intensity, of course. Anfield will play a big role for them."

Defender John Stones could feature despite limping off during the first half of City's hard-fought win at Hull on Boxing Day.

"John is much, much better," said Guardiola.

The Spaniard, speaking at his pre-match press conference, dismissed reports linking City with a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

"I have no idea," the former Barcelona boss said.

Provisional squad: Bravo, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Adarabioyo, Clichy, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Sterling, Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Garcia, Aguero, Iheanacho.

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (top) celebrates on the floor with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (bottom) after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (top) celebrates on the floor with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (bottom) after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embraces Jordan Henderson of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embraces Jordan Henderson of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2L) shakes hands with and embraces Liverpool's Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan (2R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2R) embraces Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (2L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2R) embraces Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (2L) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with team-mates including Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with team-mates including Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with team-mates including Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) and Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (floor) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates with team-mates including Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) and Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (floor) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) jumps into the arms of Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) as they celebrate after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) jumps into the arms of Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) as they celebrate after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (top) celebrates with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (bottom) after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (top) celebrates with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (bottom) after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (L) celebrates with Adam Lallana as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (L) celebrates with Adam Lallana as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant looks dejected after Liverpool score their second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (L) celebrates with Adam Lallana as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (L) celebrates with Adam Lallana as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Adam Lallana of Liverpool (20) celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Adam Lallana of Liverpool (20) celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Scarves for sale prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Scarves for sale prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  The Bill Shankly statue is seen prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: The Bill Shankly statue is seen prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Scarves for sale prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Scarves for sale prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Fans walk outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Fans walk outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Simon Mignolet of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Steven Gerrard (C) looks on from the stand prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Stoke City's Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool evades Gianelli Imbula of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool evades Gianelli Imbula of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool evades Gianelli Imbula of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool evades Gianelli Imbula of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (top) celebrates on the floor with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (bottom) after Firmino scored their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. AFP/Getty Images

Coutinho sidelined

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho will not be fit enough for the fixture.

The Brazil international has been out for over a month with ankle ligament damage and will not be rushed back.

A bigger blow ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola's side is the continued absence of centre-back Joel Matip, who is set to sit out his fourth successive match because of an ankle injury.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Origi, Firmino, Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Can, Ejaria, Sturridge, Woodburn.

Managers

Jurgen Klopp: "This is a very big game for both. Six clubs fight for four or one position. Each game is kind of a final.

"City have the highest quality in the team and highest quality on the bench.

"The advantage is that it's at Anfield. We must try to use this. It will be really difficult for both teams.

"I'm really looking forward to it. We love playing against the best."

Pep Guardiola on Liverpool: "They are a contender for the title, definitely. I went to the game against Stoke and it was a good game.

"I was lucky enough to play against Jurgen Klopp, we know each other well.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The Manchester City team pose for a photography prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The Manchester City team pose for a photography prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic (L) and Pablo Maffeo Becerra of Manchester City (R) both battle to win a header during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic (L) and Pablo Maffeo Becerra of Manchester City (R) both battle to win a header during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Bacary Sagna of Manchester City tackles James Forrest of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City tackles James Forrest of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  The Manchester City players observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The Manchester City players observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Nolito of Manchester City (L) and Leroy Sane of Manchester City (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Nolito of Manchester City (L) and Leroy Sane of Manchester City (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Patrick Roberts of Celtic (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Celtic team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Patrick Roberts of Celtic (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Celtic team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Bacary Sagna of Manchester City tackles James Forrest of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City tackles James Forrest of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Patrick Roberts of Celtic (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Patrick Roberts of Celtic (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Manchester City's Bacary Sagna (left) and Celtic's James Forrest battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester City's Bacary Sagna (left) and Celtic's James Forrest battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City takes his seat on the bench prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City takes his seat on the bench prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City (R) breaks through to score his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City (R) breaks through to score his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Celtic's Tom Rogic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Celtic's Tom Rogic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Fans, players and officials observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Fans, players and officials observe a minutes silence for the victims of the plane crash involving the Brazilian club Chapecoense prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (L) greets Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (L) greets Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Manchester City's Tosin Adarabioyo (left) and Celtic's Tom Rogic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester City's Tosin Adarabioyo (left) and Celtic's Tom Rogic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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A Celtic fan shows his support in the stands during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

A Celtic fan shows his support in the stands during the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden warms up ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden warms up ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero warms up ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero warms up ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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The Etihad Stadium is pictured in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

The Etihad Stadium is pictured in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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The Etihad Stadium is pictured in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

The Etihad Stadium is pictured in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Celtic's Scott Brown before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Celtic's Scott Brown before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Champions League, Group C match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 5, 2016.
Celtic are due to play Manchester City in UEFA Champions League Group C football match on December 6. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on December 5, 2016. Celtic are due to play Manchester City in UEFA Champions League Group C football match on December 6. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Celtic's Scott Brown during a press conference at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Celtic's Scott Brown during a press conference at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The Manchester City team pose for a photography prior to kick off during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC at Etihad Stadium on December 6, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"We have to equal their intensity - Anfield will play a big role."

Previous meetings

Title contenders and top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City go head-to-head at Anfield on New Year's Eve.

We look back at some of the best previous meetings.

MANCHESTER CITY 1 LIVERPOOL 4 (Premier League, November 21, 2015)

A result which highlighted just how good Liverpool could be when they got Klopp's tactics right. City, title favourites at that point, were blown away in the first half-hour as Eliaquim Mangala's own goal was followed by strikes from Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

The Reds did not crumble when Sergio Aguero pulled one back just before the break with Martin Skrtel smashing home the fourth but it was more the manner of the victory rather than the scoreline which was impressive.

LIVERPOOL 3 MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Premier League, April 13, 2014)

Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers, seemingly struck a decisive blow in the title race as this victory put them in pole position against their visitors as Anfield marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Raheem Sterling and Skrtel put them 2-0 up only for David Silva and Glen Johnson's own goal to level things after the break. However, the drama was not over as Coutinho fired home the winner before Jordan Henderson was shown a late red card.

MANCHESTER CITY 3 LIVERPOOL 0 (Premier League, August 23, 2010)

City put on a show for owner Sheikh Mansour, the man who spent £1billion to get them where they are, who was present at a league match for the first time to witness their biggest win over Liverpool since 1937. Gareth Barry gave the hosts an early lead before Carlos Tevez scored twice after half-time.

MANCHESTER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 2 (Premiership, May 5 1996)

Desperately fighting to avoid relegation on the final day of the season, City fans feared the worst when a Steve Lomas own goal and Ian Rush strike put them 2-0 down at half-time. Uwe Rosler and Kit Symons levelled things up with 12 minutes to go.

City manager Alan Ball knew his side needed to do better than Southampton and Coventry to survive so when he got word Coventry were losing he instructed City to play out time. Lomas was playing keep-ball near the corner flag when the recently-substituted Niall Quinn ran out of the tunnel to tell his team-mates they had been misinformed and needed to win. Unfortunately for City they ran out of time.

MANCHESTER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 0 (FA Cup fourth-round replay, February 7, 1973)

City were enduring one of those seasons which would become all-too familiar to their fans as they were knocked out of Europe and out the League Cup (by fourth division Bury) by early October.

They were not given much chance against the favourites, who went on to win the league and UEFA Cup that campaign, but a goalless draw at Anfield took the tie back to Maine Road. Colin Bell and Tommy Booth scored the goals which took them through at home.


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