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Pep likens Liverpool tie to US election

Guardiola likens Man City vs Liverpool showdown to the USA presidential election

November 7, 2020 By Ali M.
Pep downplayed the importance of Sunday's game and used an interesting analogy to do that.

Man City are gearing up for a highly-anticipated showdown with Liverpool, the reigning Premier League champions and one of – if not the – favorites to win the title this season. Despite this, Guardiola's has played down the importance of Sunday's game, likening the fixture to the ongoing USA presidential elections.

Liverpool have lost the lead, with Southampton temporarily – we presume – overtaking them in the standings due to a superior goal difference. The Citizens, on the other hand, are in 10th with 11 points and are trailing the Merseyside giants by four points.

Despite City's recent struggles, many feel this is the best opportunity to beat Klopp's side. While Liverpool have won every game since losing Van Dijk to a serious knee injury, conceding only two and keeping three clean sheets from the five games that followed, the absence of the Dutch center-back – as well as Fabinho and Thiago – leaves the club quite vulnerable.

Beating Liverpool would see Man City slash the gap to a single point and return to the mix. However, unlike previous seasons, Pep does not feel this fixture will heavily decide the outcome of the title race, arguing that there is a lot more to the season than the weekend showdown.

Guardiola used an interesting analogy when downplaying the importance of the Etihad Stadium encounter, comparing it to the USA presidential election, which has undergone controversy. Echoing the "every vote counts" sentiment, the Spaniard stressed the importance of the remaining 93 points up for grabs after the Liverpool fixture.

"It's an important game, but like the presidential elections in the United States of America, all the votes must be counted," he said during his pre-match press conference. "So there are a lot of points to play (for)."

The addition of Ruben Dias over the summer has helped Man City's defense but one of the other key issues that hampered their start to the season is the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Pep has been without a senior no.9 for far too many games and while the Brazilian striker is fit for Sunday's match, the same cannot be said about his Argentine counterpart.

Guardiola offered an update on Aguero, who undoubtedly is one of the deadliest goalscorers in the Premier League, stating that the 32-year-old will not be fit for the Liverpool clash. "No, he is not ready, not yet," were the manager's exact words when pressed on Kun's fitness. The former Atletico man will be targeting a return after the international break – possibly the game against Tottenham on November 21.

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Manchester City 1 - 1 Liverpool

November 8, 2020 11:30amEtihad Stadium (Manchester)

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