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Guardiola dismisses Anfield impact ahead of City clash

Pep Guardiola has insisted his Man City side are not intimidated by Anfield despite the returns of fans to stadiums.

The Premier League champions won away at Liverpool last season for the first time since 2003, though the clash was behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in the midst of Jurgen Klopp ‘s side enduring an eight-game winless run at home.

With Liverpool currently top of the Premier League, a point above second-placed City, the Reds are in a very different place compared to when the two sides last locked horns.

But while Guardiola thinks it is too early in the season to consider Sunday’s game a title-decider, he is happy to see fans back inside Anfield but is adamant they will make no difference to his side’s performance.

The Spaniard told reports:

It’s important to win in Anfield, but it’s difficult. Last season the first time in many many years. I am pleased Anfield is full again, it’s nice they come back and we can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully we can handle it in a good way.

I am sure the players enjoy more to play with fans in Anfield than without. We didn’t win at Anfield I don’t know the reasons, the last four or five years because it’s an exceptional team.

The crowd helps, like in Paris, but it happens in big stadiums. In Germany at Dortmund or Atletico Madrid. It happens, not a lot for intimidation but the quality of the opponent.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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