Jurgen Klopp v Pep Guardiola - a look at the managers

Vincent Kompany has made eight Premier League appearances for Man City this season

The vice-captain has been absent from the Reds' last two Premier League outings with Newcastle United and Arsenal due to a hamstring issue, but resumed full training at Melwood on Tuesday and could come into contention for the showdown with Pep Guardiola's side.

"We spoke about City last season and I'm sure every other team did".

'I'm not the type of guy who keeps a tally of that kind of thing, ' said 30-year-old Aguero, who bagged his ninth league goal of the season in City's 3-1 win at Southampton on Sunday. But we take it game by game.

"The reality is clear so we have seven points down so it will be the second game of the second leg [of the season], so there a lot of points to play for".

But there is one area of the pitch in which Liverpool could wreak havoc; City's left-back zone, where they are missing both Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph.

But Guardiola is said to have identified where his players can hurt Liverpool in their crunch showdown.

"This might sound silly, but I'd be shocked if Manchester City won this game".

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner is in contention to return after a minor muscular injury. This is the zone where City could cause serious problems, perhaps with their full-backs tucking inside and allowing the two Silvas to push forward and link with the front three. They always make much effort, run very much, especially their defensive line but also the three midfielders.

With its dynamic front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool is never more unsafe than on the counterattack.

City have not beaten Liverpool in their last four attempts - with three defeats last season, including losing home and away in the Champions League.

Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty to squander the chance to secure a 1-0 win against Jurgen Klopp's side.

"At the moment they are the best team in Europe, in their consistency and the way they control the details in their game", said Guardiola.

When Manchester City and Liverpool last met in the Premier League, a fixture usually bulging with goals failed to live up to its billing as the most entertaining in English soccer. It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'. There is a feeling that Liverpool will play more conservatively as they don't need to win this but, after blowing Arsenal at the weekend, they may want to push and put a huge nail in the coffin of City's title challenge.

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