The Liverpool boss has spoken of the need to be 'compact and solid' off the ball.
Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium on the back of a 2-1 win against Southampton, although their performance was far from convincing against the Saints.
Defensively, the Reds showed glimpses of the problems that troubled them last season. But Rodgers says he knows his team must be 'compact and solid' when off the ball against Premier League champions City.
"We know we need to be compact and solid when we haven't got the ball and we need to be aggressive and press well," Rodgers told reporters on Friday.
Liverpool's problems were well documented last term and they have recruited Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno to try and solve those issues this time around.
The Reds boss did, however, predict goals for the City game and knows his side can hurt Manuel Pellegrini's men going forward.
"I think the nature of both teams is the offensive game but of course they're normally tight games,” the 41-year-old said.
"If you look at both sets of players, there's lots of invention and creativity in the team. I think both will be creative and want to score goals.
"We know we have the freedom, movement and pace that can hurt teams. We understand it's early on, but it'll be a good game for sure."
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