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'We beat them 5-0 here last season but that counts for nothing,' insists Pep Guardiola as Manchester City bid to close gap on league leaders Liverpool Manchester City host Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday night  Third-place City trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by seven points Liverpool remain the only unbeaten top-flight side - having played 20 games

By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Published: 14:07 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 14:31 GMT, 2 January 2019

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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

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

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

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