At the same time, the Man City boss refused to rule his Brazilian keeper out of the Liverpool game.
Liverpool and City played out a goalless draw at Anfield last season and though some questioned Guardiola for City's defensive mindset, he said it was a effect of adapting to Liverpool's strategy.
"He has had a long career at the top, won the Copa America".
Manager Jurgen Klopp jumped to his defence and Guardiola subsequently rowed back on the comments, saying they were part of a longer speech in which he praised the forward and it was "far away from my intention to say Sadio is this type of player because I admire him a lot". "Respect the guy, he's an incredible top goalkeeper".
Laughing, he told reporters: "I think it's a bit clever from him to get the attention of the referee but I will just play my football like I'm always doing".
"I would say, right now, it's the toughest stadium in Europe to go to".
"I don't think he's quite ready yet", Crouch said on BT Sport.
"It will be more hard when you see a team like Liverpool who lost once last season and is unbeaten this season". If the dive will give me a penalty then I will do it to get it back!
"The only thing I can say for sure is I will be ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team". Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct.
"All the players in our squad is because we have incredible confidence in them even if they don't play regularly".
"Also on my attacking as well, I think I can improve on that, but I'm confident it will come and I'll keep working as hard as I can". I think we have a lot of games to play, a lot.
"I think I can say we play every kind of game this last two years so I don't think the game will make us nervous". We're not going to lose because of Claudio.
Liverpool have lost only one of their last 50 EPL games but, while Guardiola is aware of the task that will await his side should they lose, he does not believe it will be definitive in the title race. We have been better this season and won more matches so I just can't wait to play this game.