Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that champions Manchester City have “no sign of weakness”.
Liverpool manager Klopp also said that “only City can stop City” as he assessed the Premier League title race this week.
This was in spite of the Reds moving ahead of Guardiola’s City at the top of the table.
But Guardiola said: “Any team has strong points and weak points. Of course we have weaknesses and we are working on it.
“Of course we have (weaknesses), but that’s normal. These kind of comments have to be put in the perspective they must be.”
City continue their campaign as they host Crystal Palace on Saturday. Last season the Eagles ended City’s record 18-match winning run with a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “The quality of the players they have – (Andros) Townsend, especially (Wilfried) Zaha, (Max) Meyer, (James) McArthur, (Luka) Milivojevic – all the players have quality, and (they have) an incredibly experienced manager.
“I saw the game against Chelsea. It is so difficult to attack them. Maybe people expect better results than they have had so far. It is complicated. That will be so tomorrow if we are not completely focused.”
City will again be without playmaker David Silva. The Spaniard has returned to light training after three games out with a hamstring injury but, with a crunch game against Liverpool coming up on January 3, he will not yet be risked.
Guardiola said: “He has started to train, had the first steps, but he is still not ready for tomorrow.”