Nevertheless, as City and Liverpool have been the two best teams in the country for the past five years a narrative has emerged: Klopp's side have done far better in the Champions League but City have dominated in terms of total trophies by hoovering up as much domestic silverware as they can. That includes the Community Shield, which Guardiola insisted counted when celebrating four trophies in the 2018/19 season.
Liverpool went some way to making inroads last year by claiming the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and victory on Saturday would not only see them win something that their manager hasn't during his time at Anfield but also continue that narrative. However, a City victory would further cement their position as the best in England and likely shorten their odds even more on Premier League success.
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Liam Delap, James McAtee and Kayky have all been available for clubs to loan this summer but all three wanted to go on the pre-season tour with Guardiola as they try to decide what the best option is for them this season. None of the three managed to make a significant impression in the two games, and this is the last opportunity to impress before the Premier League starts up again.
Guardiola is likely to name a strong team for this match as he prepares for the Premier League season, and the young forwards will have to make the most of any minutes they do get to show that they can be a part of that – or convince clubs that want them on loan to make their move.
In the league match between these two teams in April, Liverpool pressed hard high up the pitch but City had a goalkeeper in Ederson so cool that he was stroking passes across the goalline as opposition players charged in. In the cup match a week later, City had a goalkeeper in Zack Steffen who fumbled in possession in the area to allow Liverpool an easy goal.
Should Stefan Ortega get the opportunity to play against Liverpool, this is an early chance to show that he can be an improvement on Steffen by doing a better job of keeping them out than the US stopper manager at the end of last season.
As long as City haven't signed a left-back to replace Oleksandr Zincheko, Josh Wilson-Esbrand remains pretty important to this squad. The young left-back – who shone on debut against Wycombe in the Carabao Cup last year – has had a fantastic summer tour but will still need to convince many that he can be a sustainable option if the Blues do not go back into the market.
A performance against a team as good as Liverpool would go some way to showing he is ready to cut it against the best.