“This Premier League star is exceptional and a threat to Manchester City”

Pep Guardiola Manchester City
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah as an exceptional player and believes the Egyptian international is a threat to Manchester City.

Guardiola said: “I’m not saying anything new because we know it. He’s exceptional, an incredible threat. We try to win the game.”

Salah, 30, has scored 118 league goals in 180 games for Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Guardiola isn’t sure who will be Manchester City’s toughest challenger this season, but believes there will be plenty.

“I don’t know, I promise you, if I was able to predict the future I’d let you know. Normally in Premier League there are many teams and you expect that,” Guardiola said.

“Always before I repeat the same, I expect a lot of clubs involved, the quality they all have in terms of managers, players, history. I don’t know.”

Manchester City take on Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Manchester City and Liverpool have occupied the top two spots in three of the last four seasons with City winning the title on three occasions and Jurgen Klopp’s men once.