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Guardiola welcomes Jesus return for Liverpool showdown

However, the English side have lacked a ruthless streak in the recent weeks in the Premier League without a natural striker as both Jesus and Sergio Aguero have had an injury-hit start to the season.

Jesus was introduced for the final quarter to boost his match fitness and took just 11 minutes to thrash the ball high past Jose Sa to double City's advantage.

Guardiola's wish for a hassle free passage through the group given the gruelling schedule his side face in the coming months looks set to be granted with a point in Greece in three weeks' time enough to book their place in the knockout stage with two games to spare.

But within seconds the Belgian made amends with a sumptuous one-two that sent Torres clear to slot home his fourth goal since signing from Valencia in August.

Phil Foden breathed a sigh of relief after he gifted Mathieu Valbuena a huge chance to equalise only for the former French international to slice wide.

The City captain was again the creator for his side's second goal, though, as Jesus made space for the shot inside the box and blasted into the roof of the net.

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