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Pep Guardiola says he has no concerns about the reception Raheem Sterling might receive on Sunday.

 

In fact, he believes the attention he normally gets from the Liverpool fans is more of a compliment than anything else.

 

"Normally when this kind of situation happens, it is because a player was important to the opposition fans. Raheem was important for Liverpool fans. I understand completely, but it is not the first time he’s been back.

 

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"He’s more mature, and of course has to be calm and play the game he has to play."

 

The boss also said he has no intention of resting Fernandinho and sees no reason why he should.


"I don’t have  that feeling about Ferna this season - he knows exactly what he has to do. We will take care of his minutes as much as possible because he is a key player for us."