14 Jan, 10:00
Pep Guardiola doesn't think beating Liverpool will get any easier now that Philippe Coutinho has left for Barcelona.
The Spaniard's runaway league leaders face Jurgen Klopp's Reds on Sunday with the hosts set to take the field for the first time since the Brazilian completed his £142m dream move to the Nou Camp earlier in the week. Much has been made of how Klopp will look to replace Coutinho but while Guardiola believes Barcelona have themselves a fine player he doesn't think the side he has left behind will be much the poorer for his absence.
-I think the quality of Coutinho is not in doubt. I think Barcelona have signed a top, top player. I think he suits perfectly the way Barcelona want to play and have played for the past 20 years. But saying that, Liverpool have resources, and of course, they are going to go into the market, and Jurgen knows exactly what he has to do, and what he needs for his team. Liverpool remains a top, top, top team. I think this season, they have played a lot of games without Coutinho, for many reasons, injuries or other reasons, and they were always a good stable team. That is not going to change my opinion about Liverpool for Sunday, he said.
Manchester City and Liverpool are the two top scoring teams in the Premier League and in Guardiola and Klopp have two managers committed to playing football in what many would consider being the right way.