'It's not intimidation': Guardiola makes claim about Anfield atmosphere ahead of Liverpool clash
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed that he’s pleased Anfield will be full again when his side and Liverpool face each other on Sunday.
City absolutely battered the Reds in this fixture last season. Guardiola’s men scored four past Alisson at Anfield, which is an incredible achievement. However, there were no fans in the stadium, which arguably made it a lot easier than usual.
When City face Liverpool on Sunday, Anfield will be rocking. The atmosphere will be electric and the support from the Kop will be so incredible that it’s intimidating for most sides in the world.
Guardiola, however, believes that it’s not intimidation at all, it’s Liverpool’s quality that makes it difficult. He admits that fans push the Reds a lot, but why teams don’t win at Anfield is because the Reds are ‘so good’.
Pep Guardiola: Anfield atmosphere is fantastic, but it’s not intimidating
He said, as per Manchester Evening News: “I’m very pleased Anfield is full again and we can go there to play a game. It’s nice that the people are back and we can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere there. Hopefully, we can handle it in a good way.
“I’m pretty sure the players would prefer to play with fans at Anfield than without. Everything is more alive, it’s more difficult. I don’t know the reasons why we didn’t win at Anfield over the 18 years. Over my five years, it was because they are an exceptional team. The crowd helps of course, like in Paris it did.
“They were supporting even when we were dominating parts of the game. That happens. Even in Germany when we went to Dortmund – or Barcelona in Madrid – the crowd pushes a lot.
“It’s not about intimidation. It’s about the quality of the opponent. When you don’t win it’s because they are so good. We try to win games with or without spectators. But last season we won.”
Injuries definitely played a big part in Liverpool’s struggles last season, but lack of home support was a massive factor too. The Reds lost against Burnley, Brighton, Everton and even Fulham at Anfield, which seemed impossible the season before.
With Anfield back full again, Liverpool will always have an edge at home. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the fans can push them past Manchester City on Sunday, as they’ve done on plenty of occasions in the past.