Pep Guardiola has said he has no intentions of changing his team’s attacking instincts, despite admitting that their style of play is perfect for Liverpool, who they face in in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool are the only team to have beat City in the Premier League this season, with a 4-3 defeat in a pulsating clash at Liverpool back in January. However, Liverpool have conceded eight goals. The return leg due to be played at Etihad next week.
Wednesday’s match isn’t looking likely to end in a 0-0 stalemate, not least because of the form of Mohamed Salah who has scored 37 goals in all competitions in his debut season under Klopp.
“If I said we are going to be different, the players would look at me and say this guy is scary,” said the City manager. “It would like saying we don’t trust in ourselves. It would be a big mistake,” he said in news conference on Tuesday.
“Of course I consider the value of Liverpool. I know their qualities, and I’m concerned about what they do.
“But if you’re thinking we are going to defend for 90 minutes and counter attack – that is not going to happen.
“We cannot deny both teams try to play. We are the teams that have scored more goals in the Premier League by far.
“I think Jurgen Klopp’s teams are honest teams. They respect what football means. Try to attack and we are going to try too.
“I am sure tomorrow is going to be a good game.”
As far as managers go, Jurgen Klopp has a better record against Guardiola than others, with six wins and a draw in the previous 12 meetings.
Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero at Anfield who has still not recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him for the past three weeks.