David Silva Tipped To Return As Manchester City Face Liverpool Test

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield

Arsenal finished their historic unbeaten season having won 26 league games and drawn 12 to finish with 90 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

Guardiola made English Premiership history by becoming the first manager to win the award on four consecutive occasions after his table-topping side won seven games in December. "I think, in two or three weeks he'll be ready and with us". Defending champions Leeds 1969 would lose to the Everton that deposed them that same campaign, 19 years before an Everton who were themselves defending champions would claim a 1-0 riposte against a rampant Liverpool well on route to the league.

But the Brazil global, 20, has responded well to a visit to Barcelona this week, to be treated by Ramon Cugat, the surgeon Guardiola regularly turns to when his players are battling serious injuries.

However, City have a poor record at Anfield, having not won at the historic ground since May 2003 - nearly 15 years ago. "Every single player that we want to keep, I can assure you will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season".

The £625,000 Sir Alex Ferguson paid Oldham Athletic in 1990 for the services of Irish left-back Denis Irwin will surely go down as one of the legendary Scots best value for money deals.

They thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad early in the season.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures from the touchline during the English FA Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool north west
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures from the touchline during the English FA Cup third round football match against Everton

"What's important is what happens over 90 minutes on the field", he added. Sometimes, you get an opportunity to put things right. I know Philippe Coutinho is not there anymore but they've still got the firepower to beat them, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Guardiola went on to observe that football journalism in England is consumed by transfer gossip and off-field events when compared to coverage in Spain, which he feels is more focused on match action.

"The people there talk more than usual about what is on the pitch".

The feeling around Anfield is that the Reds have mastered their approach so as to remain incredibly resilient, though gifting away reckless opportunities has been the undoing of Klopp's side - causing many games to be drawn from winning positions.

Arsenal have already completed the signing of Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos, but with Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season and Mustafi's future uncertain, the signing of Evans could be crucial for Wenger's team. "In Barcelona, in Spain there would be a big debate about that".

The bookies aren't daft and long odds-on quotes have become the norm for Pep Guardiola's men.

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