Manchester City boss Guardiola says team are "alive" ahead of Liverpool clash

Benjamin Mendy is set to miss out once more due to a foot injury

Benjamin Mendy is set to miss out once more due to a foot injury

The attacking midfielder filled in at left-back last season on numerous occasions and with Fabian Delph likely to miss the next couple of games and no return date yet pencilled in for Benjamin Mendy, Zinchenko could retain his place for the upcoming games against Hoffenheim and Liverpool.

Reacting on Mendy's slow return from injury, the former Barcelona manager, admitted he has taken time to speak with the ex-Monaco man, who is still battling his troublesome metatarsal.

"It is a problem but he needs time", Guardiola added.

The report of the bust-up between Guardiola and Mendy comes from ESPN, who claim that Guardiola has questioned Mendy's future with the club in recent weeks as a result of several incidents which have left Guardiola doubting the defender's professionalism. They have to drop their kids at school.they should be here and he knows it.

'Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever.

The victory maintained the pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea and Guardiola believes his side are close to playing their best football of last season when they won the title with a record 100 points. "I watched their game at Liverpool and they were very unlucky not to take a point", he said.

And their fans were relaxed enough for a cheeky chant of "Jose Mourinho.we want you stay" in a dig at rivals Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola's side have scored eight goals in their last two games, without conceding once, and will be eyeing another comfortable win against the Seagulls.

City are looking to kick-start their Champions League campaign that began with a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon. "We are going to try again".

They have another worldwide break coming up, which should give them the chance to work on the fitness of an important figure. "That's what happened. We were lucky he scored a goal in that moment".

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