City had never previously lost back-to-back game since he took charge in the summer of 2016 but Guardiola still believes they can pull off a monumental comeback against Liverpool.
"Of course, to go through you have to make nearly the flawless game - create chances, be clinical and concede few chances", Guardiola said during a press conference. You have 90 minutes and everything can happen and only we can do is try and we will see.
"We are not thinking about who is favourite", he said. "And if we are not clinical then move on to the next one", he said. How it always is in football, we have to go in the lead and you want to score goals. "This is a new one".
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"I will be close to them no matter what happens here until the end of the season".
Usually, when they go a goal or two up, they can just dictate the game, set the tempo and get their players on the ball. "I hope we can do our job".
Greater Manchester chief inspector Dean Howard, the match commander, said of police presence: "Plans are in place to ensure people can come and enjoy the match action".
"My team is extraordinary", said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference. I am so delighted.More news: Several injured as tour bus flips on Georgia highway
The main message from Guardiola to his players was this: don't give up.
"You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City".
Liverpool beat off competition from City to sign Van Dijk for £75 million ($106 million) in January from Southampton, six months after their first attempt to land the Dutchman failed.
First-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane left City trailing by three goals before half-time, with Guardiola's side unable to force an away goal despite dominating large periods of the second half.More news: US slaps sanctions on Putin's allies
They know exactly what they have to do, and the shackles will be off - they will throw everything they have got at Jurgen Klopp's side from the start.
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?More news: Trump's China trade war is just the beginning
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