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Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan reveals why he turned down Liverpool transfer

14 January 2018

The Brazilian has come up on the radar of several clubs in Europe, including fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester City, given the way he has impressed throughout his five-year spell at Shakhtar.

Manchester City may be the form team in Europe this season, but their record at Anfield offers Liverpool hope that they can be the first team to beat the Citizens in the English Premier League on Sunday. Even more significant, perhaps, is that Anfield is their fortress against City, who have not won a League match at the stadium since 2003, and only once in 37 years.

First to City boss Guardiola, who was quizzed on facing Liverpool without new Barcelona midfielder Coutinho. "You don't get a lot of downtime as a footballer and before this season, I'd only been having two weeks in the summer to rest, so that was good".

Despite trouncing Liverpool 5-0 earlier this season, Gündoğan still maintains that Liverpool are capable of beating (and conceding) against any team in the world.

Manchester City's last three away games have seen them win just once by a single goal to nil, with their game at Swansea being the only game to be settled by more than a single goal which was predicted by the football tipsters at Tipsters Review.

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"I like that, because more than a manager, I'm a fan".

"There is no pressure from that".

"We have to pay back, in a football way".

The Belgian has contributed eight goals and 12 assists in all competitions in his 30 appearances this term, helping his club to gain what is surely an impeachable lead over rivals Manchester United in the Premier League.

Time will tell if Klopp made the right call to sanction the sale of Coutinho, but given the huge amount of money they received from him and $100 million of that already spent on Virgil Van Dijk to significantly improve their defense, plus the likes of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to step into the No.10 role, it seemed like the right time to cash in on Coutinho.

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"He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund - I met him when he was there". I was not sure before the game, but it was easy to say afterwards that yes, I'm sure! That's how it us.

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'We were the slightly better side, had slightly better chances, and then we had the red card and that obviously changed the game and for Manchester City maybe the season. They have that confidence.

"'It could be a big moment for us", Gundogan added.

"But my players will not need extra motivation or focus for this game, just because we play a side that is in a very good way".

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Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan reveals why he turned down Liverpool transfer