Liverpool's Van Dijk relishing Man City test

Manchester City can win the Premier League title against Manchester United in their next match. Carl Recine  Reuters

On the other side of the fence, Jose Mourinho will spend the 90 minutes at the Etihad on Saturday evening doing everything within his power to stop the embarrassment of losing the game and the title in one go.

That is why it matters so much to the City fans.

But Guardiola has a totally different mindset and field a second-string XI - though that would still be a formidable line-up - against United.

Pep Guardiola has described Liverpool's attacking front-three as "almost unstoppable" ahead of their Champions League showdown.

"It's not just Salah".

Guardiola's teams, including his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, enjoy playing out from the back, working the ball swiftly through midfield and using space expertly.

"Liverpool are still the only team that's been capable of beating us in the Premier League".

Leroy Sane scored with a scorching volley, before Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling both got in on the act for the visitors.

Brazilian Danilo, converted midfielder Fabian Delph and Ukrainian youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko have all played in that role this season but Guardiola opted for French central defender Aymeric Laporte in that position for Saturday's 3-1 win at Everton.

Sheikh Mansour and his City directors are focused on being the biggest and best in Europe; Guardiola shares the same drive and ambition. I never like a manager [to] think 'what is a bad result?' I focus on the performance, on what we have to do.

This week may the turning point when it comes to raising their sights, however.

"Scoring goals away is so important and we are going to try to score goals but we can not deny three people running up front plus [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle plus set-pieces with [Virgil] Van Dijk - they are an extraordinary team".

Of course, City fans can't lose even if United do win the derby.

"If I would have had the choice to watch a Champions League game I would watch this one".

Klopp has won many plaudits for his team's style of football, but his Liverpool side have lost in two finals - the League Cup and the Europa League in 2016.

For the Manchester team, their manager suggested that Sergio Aguero will likely start on the bench after a knee injury against Stoke City in March.

"It might have a big influence on how you prepare but it doesn't matter during the draw".

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