Phil Foden piles praise on Liverpool and claims they are the ‘HARDEST team to play against’ as the title rivals go head to head… with the Man City star revealing boss Pep Guardiola has been helping him study false nine role
- Manchester City star Phil Foden says Liverpool are the most difficult opponents
- The 21-year-old forward is likely to feature against the Reds on Sunday afternoon
- Stockport-born Foden insists Pep Guardiola is helping his discover No.9 position
Trophy magnet Phil Foden has hailed Liverpool as the ultimate challenge for Manchester City’s players ahead of Sunday’s title-defining clash at The Etihad Stadium.
The great rivals are battling it out this season in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League and Foden is in no doubt Jurgen Klopp’s team are the biggest obstacle to City winning a historic Treble.
‘I would say they are the hardest team to play against,’ admitted 21-year-old Foden who has already won eight major trophies and a junior World Cup in his short career.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden has claimed Liverpool are the strongest opponents he has faced
Foden says manager Pep Guardiola is helping his to get to grips with the No.9 role at the club
‘The way they press you and give you no time on the ball, you have go to think so quickly. There is always a man on your back.
‘It is a such a big occasion and a massive game as well. I just can not wait to play. I am a City fan so I definitely know how it feels for the fans. All they say is ‘you better win, you better win!’
‘There are so many trophies still to fight for this year. If we win them all then it is definitely one we can look back on in years to come as it is a very special time.’
The stakes couldn’t be higher this afternoon with City’s lead down to just one point after a Liverpool run of 10 games in a row.
Foden is eyeing more silverware, with City still able to get their hands on the treble this season
City can emulate Manchester United’s Treble of 1999 this season by winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League but Liverpool could go one better and become the first team in history to win all four trophies having already lifted the League Cup.
The two teams meet again in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend.
Foden is likely to start today’s game as a false nine having set up Kevin De Bruyne’s Champions League winner against Atletico Madrid in midweek.
He acknowledges the rivalry with Liverpool has gripped the nation.
‘I think it’s massive. Over the past four years it has grown and now it has become a big thing,’ he says.
‘We have both been fighting for titles over the past few seasons. We have been the two strongest teams.
The Stockport-born forward is looking to put on a starting show against Jurgen Klopp’s side
‘I just like playing in big games. I like the pressure and I feel like I play better. Hopefully on Sunday I can carry on my record (he has scored three goals v Liverpool).
‘I’ve played the role (false nine) well. At times it’s difficult if teams sit back and you don’t get much time or space. I have had to study it a lot and I’ve been used to playing in midfield.
‘The manager has definitely helped me with that, telling me where to be and in the right spaces at the right time. It is one I am learning and all I can say is that I am enjoying it.’
Liverpool’s haven’t won in the Premier League away to City since 2015 but three points today will see them hit the top having been 14 points adrift less than three months ago.