Manuel Pellegrini: game with Liverpool a game of six points

Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media ahead of Monday night's huge Premier League game with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has stressed the importance of their clash with Liverpool on Monday night.

It may only be the second game of the season but the City boss knows how important a win for the champions over last season's runners-up can be.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, he said: "I always say to the players these games are games of six points - especially when you play at home."

"We hope to win three points at home. Last season is finished and we are not thinking about it anymore."

Pellegrini also said that the Reds are likely to miss a player of the calibre of Luis Suarez but has commented on their transfer business so far this summer. He is seems pretty confident he has the measure of Liverpool having encountered them in pre-season, along with watching their opening game against Southampton very closely.

He added: "It is difficult to say after one game but Liverpool will always miss Luis Suarez, though they have brought in important players.

"I watched Liverpool’s game and we played against them in the United States. We know what they are doing."

The Chilean said that new signing Eliaquim Mangala will not take part in Monday night's clash at the Etihad Stadium given that he is only just started working with the team. Alvaro Negredo is another absentee as he continues to recover from a fractured metatarsal.

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