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Guardiola rejects Anfield impact for City clash

Pep Guardiola has insisted that his Manchester City side will not be intimidated by Anfield, despite the return of fans to the stadiums.

The Premier League champions won against Liverpool for the first time since 2003, although the game took place behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the midst of Jürgen Klopp’s side, who went through a scoreless run of eight games at home.

With Liverpool currently top of the Premier League, one point above number two City, the Reds are in a very different place from when the two sides last locked up.

But while Guardiola thinks it’s too early in the season to consider Sunday’s game a title-decider, he’s happy to see fans back at Anfield, but he’s adamant they won’t make a difference to his side’s performance.

The Spaniard told reports:

It’s important to win at Anfield, but it’s hard. Last season for the first time in many years. I’m glad Anfield is full again, it’s nice to have them back and we can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully we can deal with it in a good way.

I’m sure the players enjoy playing with fans at Anfield more than without. We didn’t win at Anfield. I don’t know the reasons, the last four or five years, because it’s an exceptional team.

The public helps, as in Paris, but it happens in large stadiums. In Germany at Dortmund or Atletico Madrid. It happens, not much for intimidation but the quality of the opponent.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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