"If we win against City and don't win another game after that, there's no use", said the Reds manager. "I've never gone into a game feeling like an outsider and feeling like I'm not going to win", he said.
"In the last 10 or 15 minutes, City scored a goal and it gave them momentum and belief and they controlled the game, but in the other 75 minutes, we controlled the game with our intensity".
Asked whether he will be fit for Sunday, Guardiola said: "I don't know".
Guardiola's confidence is well earned having spent the majority of his playing and coaching career at the top of the tree, with trophy-laden spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City. I think there's enough to write about, it's not necessary that we make it bigger. "That's the only way I believe we can do it, not just at Anfield but all the stadiums around the world".
The 23-year-old's stay across the pond has seen him improve to a level where he is working in the gym and leg pressing 20kg. "The whole world will be watching that game, I would 100 per cent, everybody I know will, so it's a massive one". "I want to compete for titles and to be the best, and to do that you have to win against the best". "Statistics are okay but it is a game, it's about 94 minutes, 95, 96 and what you have to do to beat them". And then we will see what the situation is.
"That's why to win this league was one of the biggest achievements we've achieved as a club, as a person, and it remains the same".
AFPLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed his side's "incredible goals" after they beat Manchester City 3-1 on Sunday to move nine points clear of the defending Premier League champions. "I'm really looking forward to it, but the discussions around I'm not part of".
"We didn't let them do what they wanted and if that was more easy, I think other teams would try it and the boys put an incredible shift in again". Without that it would be another draw and it would be deserved.
"It will be tight, and the first half could be a tactical chess match, but I'm backing City to nick this one and blow the title race wide open".