Pep Guardiola says Liverpool are as exciting as they were in their 1980s heydey, something Manchester City want to emulate.

Guardiola hails exciting Reds

Guardiola hails exciting Reds

City appear to be cruising towards the Premier League crown having won 20 of their opening 22 games - and drawn the other two - to open up a 15-point lead at the top of the table.

Next up is a clash with Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, a game that brings together two of the most entertaining sides in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are in good form having gone unbeaten in their last 13 league fixtures, and with the Reds also boosted this month by the £75million signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, Guardiola believes things are looking good for the Reds.

"Jurgen Klopp is a master of the counter-attack, so they're a team who can arrive in the finishing area in three or four touches," he said.

"(Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane are tough guys for us to control, especially when we lose the ball in dangerous positions, because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.

"Of course, (Philippe) Coutinho's not there, in the middle, with the talent that he has, but (Georginio) Wijnaldum and Emre Can are, and (Adam) Lallana's come back. These are guys who have energy, are strong, are good at set-pieces.

"I think Liverpool are playing like Liverpool were in the past, with all their history. The fans are demanding attacking football. Liverpool have to defend their whole history. In the 80s they dominated the world and European football. I think they are trying to respect that.

"We want to do something quite similar. We want to try to be the best."