Liverpool away is Manchester City's toughest test, says Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City 2018-19

A win on Sunday would be massive for Liverpool both in terms of going back to the top of the Premier League as well as building confidence to carry through the global break and into the next run of fixtures.

The champions had been trailing 4-1 after three goals in 10 minutes from Liverpool's front three of Roberto Firminho, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but City refused to give up and nearly caused the ultimate shock by scoring twice late on.

City enjoyed a record-breaking campaign last term as they won the trophy by 19 points and 25 points ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool, who loom as the biggest threat to Pep Guardiola's bid for back-to-back crowns in 2018-19.

"He made a part of the training session today (Friday), he is training with us. We will see if he can play". Fans should be going to watch the game.

It would, therefore, have bought great frustration from the Liverpool manager seeing the Guinean worldwide go to the turf with so few minutes on the clock.

"They are a top side in the way they play".

Apart from the absent Fabian Delph, City have an otherwise clean bill of health - Ilkay Gundogan may face a last-minute fitness test - as they look to avenge last season's 4-3 and 3-0 losses on Merseyside, in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

"It was intense, but we caused the intensity of the game ourselves". They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively.

"When somebody says to me, "good luck for Sunday", I think unfortunately we need it". They were better than us, in my opinion.

"Why should our fans have to protect our bus? We got a lot of praise for our play last season but they deserve it". Are you kidding me?

"I would like the police to go home at 4.30pm (1530 GMT) with their families, drinking a beer and loving the show, that is what they should do".

Keita remains in contention to start in the heavily anticipated clash with Manchester City this Sunday although it is likely that even if fully fit, skipper Henderson will get the nod.