Guardiola said. "We try to be close to them".
They finished 25 points behind City in the league but the signs are it will be a much closer battle this season, with each team having only dropped two points from a possible 21.
Liverpool have started the 2018-19 campaign well but suffered their first defeat of the season in midweek, losing 1-0 against Napoli in the Champions League.
And that record has led to some pundits claiming that Klopp has worked out how to beat Guardiola sides. But I said it before, always someone is telling me, "Good luck for Sunday", and I think always, unfortunately, we need it.
Liverpool ride into Anfield on the memories of last season's successes against City, and THEY might help to banish the blues of an uncharacteristically limp display against Napoli.
Guardiola signed the Frenchman for £52m from Monaco past year and the player has been a regular starter this season since returning from a long-term knee injury.
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It is a risky approach with Klopp having a better record against Guardiola going back to their time when they were rivals at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - winning half of their 14 encounters and drawing two more. In the 4-3 [Liverpool win] they were really good.
"We needed it in all the games we played against them and we will need it again, but that's no problem".
"We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think "now we know how to beat them". "They are a top side". Pep's teams are best in that and I can admit that easily because it's so obvious. "The best way is that when the people arrive at the stadium, going to see football game and enjoy watching both sides, that is the best way".
"Why should the police need to be there?"
"Although you're much more nervous before these type of games than in others maybe, even then after your first successful pass, first successful tackle or your first good dribble, you get more and more confidence".
"Why should our fans have to protect our bus?"
"But that depends on the Liverpool people, not on Manchester City".