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Liverpool vs Manchester City: 5 Point Preview

We take a look at the factors that could decide the high profile clash on Sunday

Top 5 / Top 10 12 Jan 2018, 13:19 IST

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Manchester City thrashed Liverpool in their first encounter this season

The Premier League returns to action this weekend and Liverpool will play hosts to table toppers Manchester City this Sunday evening. Pep Guardiola’s men are 15 points clear at the top of the table, as they increasingly look like they are on course to emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles with the final third of the season fast approaching.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have been successful so far in juggling the numerous fixtures that hit them over the festive period and seemed to have matured over the last one year when they squandered a title race over the same period. A win here would really help in strengthening their Top 4 hopes.

Let’s jump right into the 5 point preview for the upcoming blockbuster clash.

#5 The horrors of the last encounter

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Sadio Mane was sent off following a dangerous challenge on Ederson

Early in the season, Liverpool were tipped to beat Manchester City when they squared off in September, but a red card given out to Sadio Mane for his unintentional challenge on City keeper Ederson gave the Sky Blues the advantage as they sent out an ominous message of intent to all their rivals.

City climbed to the top of the table on goal difference after that game, and since then, they have been successful in increasing their advantage to 15 points.

Now that they square off again, a loss here might not mean a lot for Manchester City but the season is still long and they will be hoping to assert their dominance even more.

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