Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is unsure if key midfielder Naby Keita will be fit enough to play a role in the Reds' clash against Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool is one of the true greatest teams in England.
For what? We arrive there, both sides, to play a Premier League game. The bar is set higher, the margin for error is miniscule.
City's wins over Newcastle, Fulham, Cardiff and Brighton put Guardiola in contention for his sixth monthly award, but he faces competition from Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) and Unai Emery (Arsenal). In Guardiola's three seasons at Bayern Munich, he won the Bundesliga three times, and two of those were while Klopp was at Borussia Dortmund.
Pep is still trying to work out how to play against Liverpool, a team who caused him all sorts of problems last season, beating them 4-3 at Anfield and dumping them out of the Champions League over two legs.
A boost for City as they bid for their first Anfield win since May 2003, is that Kevin De Bruyne is in line for a sensational return to action. "After none of these games you go into the dressing room and think, "Now we've got it, now we know how to beat Manchester City"," insisted Klopp.
De Bruyne has been out with knee ligament damage since the opening weekend of the season
Can Pep solve the Anfield puzzle? The first thing we want is back-to-back titles - not many have done that. "We have to battle and fight with them for different things in the league, and maybe in the Champions League at one point if it comes to that again".
"At home we made very good game as well". They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively. Fabian Delph has been ruled out.
Since then Manchester City have achieved three Premier League crowns, a feat that Liverpool have not yet managed to complete. With Liverpool trading at [2.6], there is scope to back the hosts using the Draw No Bet market at [1.9].
And that record has led to some pundits claiming that Klopp has worked out how to beat Guardiola sides.
The two sides meet on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports, with City leading the Anfield side at the top of the table on goal difference, with both having dropped two points from 21 this season.