This is unquestionably the biggest game of the Premier League season so far, and it's hard to imagine anything else will come close for the rest of the season.
Salah is crucial to Liverpool's hopes this season, so if Laporte can restrict him somewhat, it will affect Liverpool's chances of walking away from Manchester with three points in the bag.
City collected a record number of points and scored a record number of goals on their way to last season's title.
"[Liverpool] is one of those key games you live for".
His prowess seems to know no bounds, with effortless pace, power, poise and ability in every aspect of his game - all of which he will need to draw on to keep Aguero at bay.
Ilkay Gundogan could return, but Fabian Delph remains suspended and both Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are long-term absentees. Guardiola may continue with Zinchenko, but there are other solutions.
"I just can't see how they can stop Liverpool from scoring goals". Something similar is possible here, although Guardiola has tended to stick to a back four this season.
Guardiola feels those losses have undermined confidence in City, who could have Kevin de Bruyne back after he trained following a muscle strain.
'Bernardo Silva played an unbelievable season.
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We know him better from the England games, and the performances with England. We had to have good positions. "It's about the movement of the midfielders".
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He knew that wickets are going to come at some stage. "I think it's inexperience, it's pressure", the captain said. Australia was bowled out for 151 as India claimed a 292-run advantage on the first innings.
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But it now owns the sixth seed in the NFC entering its regular season finale against Chicago , the NFC North champions. When he caught the team's only touchdown of the game in the third quarter, it was his 100 reception of the season.
"I have the feeling that everybody can beat us but I have the feeling that we can beat everyone else".
"Our pride has been hurt over the last few weeks but we have everything to play for and it depends on us".
So what will he go for here? I said that before. The three men up front sometimes even can relax a bit because of that.
The benefit of the 4-3-3, though, is that Mohamed Salah could play wide-right, against City's zone of weakness. They always make much effort, run very much, especially their defensive line but also the three midfielders.
"Last season we beat them at home, we lost there in the Premier League and Champions League".
Both English sides would be well ahead of any of the current leading pack, after 17 games (with the extended La Liga Christmas break to take into consideration).
The champions would fall 10 points behind Jurgen Klopp's leaders if the Reds win Thursday's eagerly-anticipated encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur sit nestled in second having played a game extra than either of the other two teams.
"They've won the title".