Fernandinho hopes City can bounce back against Liverpool

He added: “In Barcelona and Bayern Munich, when we went out of the Champions League I know what they said”.

The chance for Milner to score came from the penalty spot after Gael Clicy fouled Roberto Firmino with a high tackle inside the box. Liverpool English Premier League top four showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.

However, City have lost five games this season in the league and the Spaniard has never suffered six league defeats in one season.

Pep Guardiola was looking for a response from his City side after their disappointing Champions League exit against Monaco – and it was a tense atmosphere inside the Etihad.

Firmino’s expected inclusion will be vital for Liverpool, as they look to extend their winning run in the Premier League to three games.

Philippe Coutinho curled an effort over the crossbar from the edge of the area ten minutes before the break, before Fernandinho somehow shot wide at the far post with the goal at his mercy, after James Milner had seemingly taken out Raheem Sterling who was about to tap home – with referee Michael Oliver surprisingly taking no action.

Emre Can and Firmino combined beautifully to set Lallana up for a golden chance but the midfielder failed to convert and despite a breathless finale – with Aguero unable to turn in Silva’s centre and blazing over De Bruyne’s chipped cross – the points were shared.

“After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad”, Guardiola said.

“We showed resilience the last time we played City earlier in the season”.

“It’s fantastic because we managed in a week to go to the quarter-final of the Europa League, which is an important target for us, and got these three points which keep us in the race for fourth position”, he told BT Sport.

“It’s the same situation we had”.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham proved they can thrive without leading scorer Harry Kane and closed the gap on Chelsea to 10 points.

City tackle Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 23 and Guardiola accepts he will come under scrutiny if he does not lead the club to glory in the competition.

The match against Liverpool could be a historic one for the Citizens, if they win they will become the eighth Premier League side to record 200 home wins.

“We controlled everything until our second goal”. To be able to do that in front of my family makes me so happy.

“So of course we want to win titles”.

Guardiola, victor of two Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles with Barcelona plus three Bundesliga titles with Bayern, said his side had deserved all three points.

Klopp also revealed how his side will play in the 4:30pm kick-off at the Etihad Stadium during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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