Pep Guardiola wants perfection from Manchester City against Liverpool

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"They have so much quality, they are going to win the league that's pretty clear, that's not for no reason", said Van Dijk on Tuesday.

"Man City like a wounded animal with nothing to lose " An ordinary season - or a way of reigniting it? Of course we know two defeats are not easy but that happens to the best teams in the world.

Pep Guardiola's side will be desperate to bounce back after having lost back-to-back matches against Liverpool in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League.

"They're good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes".

Roma will see the return of midfielder Radja Naibggolan and forward Cengiz Under, both injured for the first leg against Barcelona, but winger Diego Perotti is still sidelined with a calf problem.

City, who have never won the most expensive European championship, are looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the second time in the last three years after falling to Real Madrid in 2016. We don't know what those two games have taken out of them mentally - or what sort of reaction they will bring.

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But in the case of Nico, when a player does what he has done, all we can do is to be close to him because Nico is not just a huge quality but a huge mentality.

Although Liverpool holds a 3-0 aggregate going into the Etihad Stadium tie, Klopp said the Reds would still look to win the second leg.

Guardiola suffered three successive semi final defeats with Bayern Munich and went out at the last 16 stage to Monaco with City last season. "We're trailing by three goals, so it's a really tough ask, but we have the duty to try", Di Francesco told reporters. "We have 90 minutes and extra time and we showed we could create a lot of chances in few, few, few minutes and the opponents know that".

The big question in this game is this: will Liverpool be able to sit back and defend and not play their usual game of high-pressing and forcing the issue?

Pep Guardiola claims his "extraordinary" and "exceptional" Manchester City side will not give up in their quest to overturn the odds against Liverpool. That is the best way to play.