As a result of the cancellation, they had a gap of eight days between their game against Newcastle on Boxing Day and their trip to Chelsea on January 3.
Those matches came early in the current nine-game winning sequence in the Premier League which has taken City from mid-table to three points clear at the top with a game in hand.
Champions Liverpool have experienced a downturn in fortunes since that time, slipping from top to fourth – seven points behind City having played a game more – prior to Sunday’s clash between the two sides at Anfield.
“We didn’t have a break,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “I think City had a two-week break for COVID reasons.”
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City have pointed out that the only days off they had as a result were the day of the intended game at Goodison Park and the planned recovery day afterwards.
City manager Guardiola said: “He (Klopp) made a mistake… Jurgen has to see the calendar again. We had COVID, we have one week and we played with 14 players at Stamford Bridge.
“But maybe I’m wrong and it was not two weeks, it was three or four weeks. Tomorrow, when I see Jurgen I’ll say to him: ‘How many weeks or days were we off?’
News broke this morning confirming that 12 of Europe’s biggest football clubs intend to form a breakaway ‘Super League’ just hours before UEFA are scheduled to announce an expanded Champions League format.