Mignolet suggests preparing for City clash is easier than Southampton

Simon Mignolet suggests preparing for the unknown quantity of Southampton was more difficult than preparing to face a side they know all about in Manchester City.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has suggested that preparing for their huge early season clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium could be easier than the build-up to their opener against Southampton last weekend.

The Reds overcame the Saints 2-1 last Sunday to get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start, and Mignolet has spoken about how difficult it was to prepare for the clash with Ronald Koeman's men.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s actually probably as easier game to go into than Southampton at home. We didn’t really know to expect from Southampton as they have a new manager and new players.

“But we know what the City game is going to be all about. It will be totally different.

“They have some top players and it will be a difficult game but we competed with them last season and hopefully we will get the three points.”

Southampton were a bit of an unknown quantity for Liverpool given the changes in personnel on and off the field at St Mary's this summer, but the Reds will certainly know what to expect against Manchester City having been involved in two thrilling Premier League clashes with them last season.

Both games were closely contested and went the way of the home side by the odd goal, whilst the two sides met on their pre-season tour of the United States - ending in a 2-2 draw after normal time with Liverpool winning the game on penalties.

There are a couple of new players that Liverpool may need to know, such as Fernando at the heart of the midfield, whilst there is likely to be two new debutants for the Reds at City in the form of Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic.

One shouldn't think it's a case of complacency from Mignolet, as he is aware the side is in for a difficult evening at the Etihad Stadium against the Champions - and has said the club will be ready for the encounter on Monday night.

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