Pep Guardiola has recognised Liverpool are looking back to their best after earning another Premier League win on Saturday afternoon at Wolves.
Jurgen Klopp's side responded to going a goal down by hitting back with three efforts of their own after half time; Cody Gakpo, Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliott all on target.
This result has left Liverpool two points behind league leaders City, who are the only team in the division to have secured three points in each of their fixtures so far this term.
The Sky Blues are aiming to become the first team in England to win four consecutive top-flight titles, though the Reds will hope to have some say in whether or not that will come true.
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Liverpool ended last campaign 22 points behind the Citizens, an outcome both clubs couldn't have foreseen before a ball had been kicked, but Guardiola is fully aware the biggest rival of his managerial career could be back to cause him problems once again.
"We will have downs in the season. Some important teams take some distances now. You know how strong Arsenal is, I saw their game at Goodison Park - they are exceptional. Liverpool, again, the mentality continues," said the Catalan coach ahead of his team's Champions League group stage game with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening.
Asked next for his opinion on Manchester United, Guardiola began to laugh (see video above). He then added: "Well, they didn't start how they excepted - a bit like Chelsea.
"But always Man United and Chelsea, sooner or later, they will take the rhythm. It's important for us after winning the treble, winning fiveRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk