Why Liverpool will not win the Premier League this season

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'But we are only in January and there are still plenty of Premier League games ahead of us.

MANCHESTER, Jan 2 ― "I start to read and then I start to think "Liverpool and Juergen Klopp" and I can not focus", said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, admitting Liverpool's charge to depose the Premier League champions has been in his head for some time.

Pep Guardiola, the City manager, bestowed that mantle on Liverpool following a run of nine consecutive Premier League victories.

'If that's the way it panned out against Liverpool so far, then I hope I can keep the streak going at the Etihad in this meeting - and dispel it when we next face them at Anfield. "He may continue that sequence against Jurgen Klopp's side, but I still feel the Reds will do enough to get a draw in what promises to be a cracker". "They will be ready and we have to make sure we are ready, that's all". They thrashed Arsenal 5-1 in their last outing and Guardiola claims City are the underdogs. It is Liverpool, the best team in all England in history. We are seven points down. Liverpool are unbeaten, and would have to lose three matches before the end of the season - no chance.

Klopp added: "I heard [Guardiola's comments]".

It's being billed as the game of the season, and it's easy to see why.

"I am glad with the players I have, they can play in different positions". It is quite understandable to see why they have usurped Thursday's opponents, Manchester City, as the favorites to win the league.

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With the game nearly a must-win for City in some quarters, the Reds hold all the advantage going in to the tie. If we can do that better [contain Salah, Firmino & Mane] then we'll win the game. "There are not other things in our minds at the moment".

The Reds are now seven points ahead of the Cityzens going into this game, however, the win for the latter could cut the gap and ramp up the pressure in this year's title race.

I can't look past City's left-back issue and the option of Liverpool playing Salah, the league's most unsafe attacker, on that side.

"It's better to be that team than what we are right now", he said. "We are going to live with that situation".

"Can they do it?"

Manchester City are the team who has scored the most number of goals but their defense looked a bit shaky and gave away goals in the past months which is why their goal difference is below Liverpool's. We knew repeating last year's success wouldn't be a simple task but we always aim for excellence'.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the two managers ahead of the big game.