Guardiola: Liverpool are the most hard league rival I've faced

Leicester City have got the ammunition to hurt Manchester City, says Paul Merson

Man City has dropped just 16 points all season, yet with two matches to play, they are still only one ahead of Jurgen Klopp's team, who lost 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday and face Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers either side of Tuesday's second leg with Barca at Anfield.

Forget about the result, this is going to be a mouth-watering tie between two teams whom this game is very, very, very important for. "I think everybody understands that we are professionals and we will do our best, that's it".

Brendan Rodgers has revealed he hopes Leicester City can have a say in the Premier League title race when they visit Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

"But what both teams have done, I've never seen before in an English Premier League, first division, whatever you want to call it, have so many points".

Asked if the deflating loss in Barcelona would derail Liverpool's bid for the Premier League title, Guardiola said: "I don't think so". "They are favourites but, if we do everything right, we have a chance".

So Leicester fans have a choice to make here: Do they need a win or do they need Liverpool to not win the title?

"We'll maintain the same attitude and play the same way".

If City can grind out performances like the one against Burnley last Sunday, then they will be in a great position to grab the six points needed to get over the line.

With just a game to play, excluding this fixture, the Reds will be hoping for their ex-managers to do a favour as they tussle out to end their 29-year-old wait to lift the English Championship.

He said: "I can not imagine the Leicester players come here for their holidays".

De Bruyne picked up a hamstring injury against Tottenham a fortnight ago and will miss the meeting with the Foxes, while Fernandinho has a knee problem that he sustained during the win at Manchester United.

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