Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called Sunday’s trip to play Manchester City at the Etihad, live on Sky Sports, the “most difficult game in the world of football”.
The Premier League champions face the toughest test of their title defence so far when they come up against Pep Guardiola’s side, who are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions.
League leaders Liverpool have five more points than City, having played a game more, and could lay down a potentially crucial early marker for this season’s title race.
Only one of the last 10 league meetings between City and Liverpool has been won by the visiting side, and Klopp is well aware of the challenge facing his players.
“It’s a very difficult game, hopefully for both teams,” Klopp said. “So many things are different this year, nothing can be compared with last year or the year before.
“I enjoy these kind of games, I enjoy the preparation, but it doesn’t make it easier, it’s just a really tough task.”
On the challenge of being away from home, Klopp said:
“We love playing at Anfield. It’s our home and that makes a difference, but I don’t think we’ve made a difference in our approach to home or away games.
“It’s not that we want to be dominating at home and like a deep-sitting team away. Saying that, against Man City exactly that can happen because of the quality they have.
“We lost there last year, but it’s not a game I like to consider with all the others because three days before we became English champions and it was a pretty special time for us.
“It’s not important if we play home or away, it’s important that we compete with our own plan, that we are brave, play football and defend with all we have. Then we will have a chance.
“It is very difficult. This is the most difficult game in the world of football.”