Gundogan looking forward to 'real test' against Liverpool

Ilkay Gundogan talked up the importance of Manchester City's upcoming clash with Liverpool.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan   -  Getty Images

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan already has an eye on his team's blockbuster Premier League clash against Liverpool next month.

Pep Guardiola's men crushed Cardiff City 5-0 on Saturday, but they remain two points adrift of Liverpool – which is the only team with a perfect record through six games.

City makes the trip to Anfield on October 7 and, while it has three games before that encounter, Gundogan knows how important that clash is shaping to be.

"At the moment it looks like those games against the top clubs will be important," the Germany international told UK newspapers.

"We play Liverpool in a couple of weeks so it will be a real test for us at Anfield as they are also getting their points.

"Liverpool is a very strong team and Chelsea are very strong. United just dropped points against Wolves, like we did, so I think Wolves will cause a lot of problems.

"But it's up to us in the end. We are trying to play like we did [against Cardiff] because when we are ready like this, our chances of winning games and titles are the highest. So that's what we try to achieve every game."

Reigning champion City has made another flying start to the season, winning five of its six league games and scoring 19 goals.

Before its trip to Anfield, City faces Oxford United in the EFL Cup, Brighton and Hove Albion in the league and Hoffenheim in the Champions League.

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