By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Published: 14:07 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 14:31 GMT, 2 January 2019
Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players to forget past battles with Liverpool because they will have no bearing on their titanic clash at the Etihad.
City go into Thursday night's game seven points behind Jurgen Klopp's side and desperate to make up ground in the title race.
The champions romped to a 5-0 league win over Liverpool at home last season but lost 2-1 at the Etihad in the Champions League quarter-final, as well as losing on both visits to Anfield.
Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City squad to forget their recent Liverpool encounters
Guardiola was speaking on Wednesday afternoon for his City pre-game press conference
However, Guardiola is refusing to take any notice of what has gone before, saying: 'I cannot figure out what happened in the past is going to happen in the future.
'Every time we won a lot of games it doesn't mean it will happen in the future. I have a feeling everyone can beat us, but also that we can beat everyone.
'Last year we beat them 5-0 here but that counts for nothing. It is Liverpool, the best team in all England in history. We can beat them. I know today nobody