Jurgen Klopp admits that his Liverpool side respects Manchester City and the form they are in but go into the clash with no fear.
After 22 Premier League fixtures this season, Pep Guardiola’s side is yet to taste defeat, having won 20 of their games, putting them in an unassailable 15 point lead at the top of the table.
Guardiola has won a record four consecutive Premier League Manager of the Month award for the month of December but in spite of the terrific form that City find themselves in, Klopp insists his side holds no fear going into the Super Sunday clash.
Writing in his pre-match column This is Anfield, Klopp wrote: “We respect City, as we respect every opponent. We have studied their strengths and their weaknesses, as they will have done with us. I would expect the respect is mutual because they are smart people who will know our own quality is as good as their own.
“But my players will not need extra motivation or focus for this game, just because we play a side that is in a very good way.
“We focus, as always, on ourselves in the first instance, and when we do that we see a team that has performed to the highest level this season and is continuing to grow and get better as the campaign progresses. To win any game in the Premier League means you have to perform to your maximum – anything less and you have problems.”
Klopp continued: “That’s the overriding message today: give your best and everything else will look after itself. We know our supporters will be on their game today.
“They created outstanding noise for the Everton match and I think everyone inside Anfield with a Liverpool heart will recognise we need them and their positive energy this afternoon.”