Pep Guardiola hoping to meet Bayern Munich and Niko Kovač in Europe

Pep Guardiola hoping to meet Bayern Munich and Niko Kovač in Europe

Having ended last season as Premier League Golden Boot victor, Salah goes into the new campaign as a leading candidate to top the scoring again.

"We are happy as a club to have 16 players out and the most with their national teams, that's a good sign for the club". "You just don't expect to see your baby fighting for his life", said Silva.

He came close to a second with a fierce, low drive that Bravo stretched to keep out before City pulled a goal back in first-half injury time with a neat run and finish into the corner from Silva. That is the point.

"Guardiola made it very easy for me", Silva told the Sun.

"I am going to continue performing the same as I have been doing all this time".

The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain.

Asked if City would be the last club in his career, Silva said: "Right now I'm only concentrating on this year and trying to improve on last season".

"His physical condition is still not good, he has to train a little bit more, but he is not injured", Guardiola said about the German winger.

"We don't think about that, we just try to make the best of it".

Wednesday's opponents, Liverpool, have splashed out £250 million ($328 million) since January in a bid to build a team capable of challenging for the title.

Guardiola's insatiable appetite for success is undiminished, as evidenced by a foray into the transfer market to acquire the services of former Footballer Of The Year Riyad Mahrez for a club record £60m.

"I saw the game against Juventus (in the ICC) - they lost but I was impressed with the way they played".

"They are contenders to win the title, Liverpool are always a contender because of the history they have".

Bayern are still without a lot of their players as they are yet to return from World Cup duty and that showed last time out when they lost to Juventus.

Whilst the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea have struggled to recruit new signings, Liverpool and Arsenal have swiftly gone about their business and made a host of signings to address their respective areas of weakness in their teams.