Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah,
”It’s not just Salah. Mane and Firmino, all three, they are almost unstoppable. They’re fantastic,” said Guardiola. And the City boss admits his team didn’t handle the atmosphere during their last encounter on Merseyside. “We lost a bit of control, we were involved in the environment of Anfield.
“The way Liverpool play is so complicated for us. We know that. They are so quick, they are so good and it is tough. But it is the quarter-finals of the Champions League so we cannot expect, at that level, something is going to be easy.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola will prioritise the second leg over this weekend’s Manchester Derby when making his team selection. City can wrap up the title against Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday with a win, but Guardiola wants to focus on the Champions League. “For the line-up, we have to think about the Champions League. We are going to adapt in the game against United,” he said.
But the blues boss knows how much it will mean to the supporters should they clinch the title against their city rivals. “It is special but it is not important,” Guardiola said. “It is important to be champions. Now our focus is the Champions League.”