The defending champions move to Anfield for the shock of the top of the table while six points separate the two teams.
The Citizens are currently six points behind the Reds and would face a huge challenge to win the Premier League if they bowed. They will have to do without their goalkeeper Ederson, injured this week in C1 and joins the long list of absentees: Sane, Laporte, Zinchenko, David Silva, while Rodri remains uncertain.
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But Guardiola and his men go to the banks of the Mersey with the conviction of being able to reduce their deficit. "I never approached a game feeling underdog and thinking that I was not going to win, I never felt that way."assured the Spanish technician.
"But of course, they are six points ahead and they have been playing very well since the start of the season when we have a lot of injury problems in some areas of play. But I will not be taking the bus on Sunday for Anfield thinking I I'm going to lose the game, it never happened in my career.
"I have always felt that if we do the special things we plan to do, we will have a chance to win."
Convinced that her team must believe in victory to achieve this, Guardiola is aware that she must achieve the perfect performance to win.
"To win these kinds of games, you have to be at your best, without a doubt", he added.
"We can not be half-way in. The way they play takes incredible attention to all the details for 95 minutes, we know that, I'm sure if there's a chance to win at Anfield, that's when you are convinced that you will win the match.
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"If you only think 'Let's see what's going to happen', against this team I think it's not possible, the only chance we have is if we play as we are used to and try to create opportunities to score, that's the only way to do it, at Anfield and in every stage of the world. "
If Guardiola wants to be confident, it would be understandable that his older players are less optimistic. Sergio Aguero, Fernendinho or David Silva have never won at Anfield, where City has not won since 2003. The only success of Skyblues in this stadium in 38 years, which does not frighten Guardiola.
"I do not really believe in this kind of thing, but 38 years old for a single win is a good example of Anfield's difficulty, but there is always a challenge, maybe it happens [this Sunday], and it's is done or, for the next season, it goes on, the statistics are good, but it's a match, 94 minutes, 95, 96 and what you need to do to beat them. "