Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

They probably won't be top of the pile when they kick off their home game against Chelsea on Sunday, however, as Liverpool have what should be a reasonably straightforward home game against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Chelsea caused an upset in December and comfortably beat City 2-0. Neither have featured regularly for City over the past 18 months, so Pep Guardiola will be well adapted to their absence. "Higuaín is a striker of exceptional quality, the type of guy who doesn't need too much to score a goal", Guardiola said.

Sarri added: "I expect Guardiola's team want to always be in control of the match, always in possession of the ball and they're able to do it".

Maurizio Sarri has expressed hope, rather than conviction, that Chelsea will be at their best at Manchester City on Sunday.

"Not only Fernandinho but also Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva".

"But in the meantime, I believe we have the squad strength to cover those players". "It was just a really, really good game and a very deserved three points", he explained. "I don't see the connection".

What Sarri is principally trying to do with Chelsea is earn enough points to guarantee Champions League football next season.

So if Man City win this game vs Chelsea then the Citizens will once reclaim that top spot. They're now top of the table in the Premier League, face Schalke in the Champions League quarterfinals, play Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round and will take on Chelsea in the finals of the League Cup on February 24. Were the City manager interested in making Liverpool feel more jittery he would have been pointing out how tough it is to go out in front and stay there. "I was happy with the result and the performance, now we need consistency".

Wijnaldum, who has been out for the last two weeks returned to the fray with a goal and playing a starring role in manager Jurgen Klopp's midfield trio.

"There are times when teammates are in better condition, in football what you have done in the past - you have to do it again in future", said Guardiola. We don't underestimate anyone. The Argentine has six goals in his last five games including key efforts against Liverpool and Arsenal. 'He must be up for an Oscar as I've not seen (nerves),' he said. "This is a team that went all the way to the Champions League final last season". You will be there but then maybe Leicester will do a job...

"I don't know how you connect a lack of mentality with dropping four points, two draws", said the City boss. It is easy to drop points in this league, as we know, but all I can say is that when you are seven points behind you are under pressure to reduce that lead.

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