"If you want to win titles you have to win these kind of games".
When asked why he chose Liverpool, with Manchester City said to have also been interested in his services, Van Dijk said: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is unbelievable".
"It is a real test going to Anfield, one of most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world", Guardiola stated in his pre-match press conference. "It is a game for us and we are going to plan as much as possible to know what is going to happen". Liverpool are also unbeaten at home this season and in the last 22 games against Manchester City in Anfield, the visitors have won just twice.
Jesus injured medial knee ligaments in the goalless draw at Palace on New Year's Eve, but could be back ahead of schedule.
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"He was in Barcelona this week and the news is quite good". City had enough chances to win that game, but you can say that about any match they play in and home teams are finding more solutions to being able to compete when they welcome the North-West outfit to their own backyard.
"I think Vincent is not ready", Guardiola confirmed. A return by Sadio Mane to his form of last season is now a must. "I think two or three weeks and he could be ready to play against Basel in the Champions League", Guardiola told press on Friday. That is our target, and to show courage. "Life goes on the next day, we just need try to and play our game, play with personality and to play who we are".
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are unbeaten since October this season and have won their last three Premier League games, plus the FA Cup derby victory over Everton last time out.
His Spurs side produced four wins, a draw and a single defeat to Guardiola's City, who remain unbeaten in the Premier League and sit 15 points clear at the top.
Arsenal's 49 games in 2003-2004 is now top, followed by Nottingham Forest's 42 in 1977-1978, Chelsea with 40 in 2004-2005, Leeds's 34 in 1968-1969 and Liverpool's 31 in 1987-1988.