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Bernardo and Cancelo look ahead to Liverpool clash

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Bernardo Silva says this weekend’s showdown with Liverpool is a chance to lay down a title marker.

The current champions will arrive at the Etihad on Sunday top of the table, five points ahead of City having played a game extra.

But Bernardo is excited by the prospect of taking on Jurgen Klopp’s men and believes victory in this kind of game is vital for a side with title ambitions.

“We expect a very tough match against Liverpool, we know how strong and solid they are, one of the best teams in the world,” he said.

“They are also a direct rival for the Premier League’s title, so we know how difficult it will be, but like in every game our aim is to win.

“We are also playing at home, which should have a positive influence.

“We need these three points in order to pursuit our place at the top of the table.

“The true is that our last encounters with Liverpool at the Etihad were positive for us.

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“Since I have joined City, we won all our games against Liverpool at home in the Premier League, but these games are always unpredictable.

“We’ll do everything to keep winning and to win on Sunday.

“We know it will not be easy, but we will do everything we can.”

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Meanwhile, in-form Joao Cancelo expects a tight affair against the Merseyside club.

With the mutual respect between the two sets of players so high, recent encounters have been more cagey than previous fixtures.

Cancelo expects there to be plenty of quality on display in a game he feels will be great to watch. 

“I am excepting a very tight match against Liverpool on Sunday,” he said.

“Both teams are very solid, but I hope we will win this match, which is very important to us.

“We know how strong Liverpool is and we know they will bring a lot of pressure and with fantastic players.

“We also have an amazing team and great players, so I am sure it will be a very a good match with a lot of intensity.

“I believe we can do a great game and win this match. That is our goal.”

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