Premier League preview: Liverpool v Manchester City
Sunday will see the league's best-attacking teams go head-to-head in what promises to be a Premier League classic.
Manchester City has been in flying form all season, unbeaten in the league and only dropping 4 points after 22 matches.
Pep Guardiola’s side has a point to prove as they have not won at Anfield since 2003, and a win here could all but confirm their 3rd Premier League title.
Having already been victorious at tough away grounds such as Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this term, the Sky Blues will be well prepared for a hostile atmosphere and will certainly play the game, and not the occasion.
However, Liverpool is unbeaten at Anfield since the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in April last year, and are on their best run under Jurgen Klopp going 17 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Liverpool prides themselves on being hard to beat, and they’ve certainly done this having only conceded 4 league goals at Anfield.
This City side is a different kettle of fish however, they have the best attack in the division as Liverpool experienced first hand in a 5-0 thrashing at the Etihad back in September.
Liverpool has come a long way since then, having only lost twice in all competitions since then, with their last defeat at the hands of Tottenham in October.
Key to any hope of Liverpool success is top scorer Mo Salah, who is expected to be back from injury following his crowning as CAF player of the year. His good form is sure to continue well into the new year.
They will also hope that Sadio Mane can return to the superb form he showed last season. Despite scoring against Burnley and a back-heeled assist against Leicester, the Senegalese international has not been putting in the performances fans have come to expect. He needs to show his value and make an impact in such a big game.
It will be interesting to see how the Reds handle themselves without Philippe Coutinho following his £142m transfer to Barcelona last week. The playmaker was key to Liverpool’s turn of form, and he will surely be a miss.
The clash certainly promises to be exciting, City will seek not to lose as they don’t want to give their rivals any hope of catching them.
Liverpool also must not lose if they are to open up a significant points gap to Arsenal & Tottenham while putting pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt for second place.
With Liverpool playing at home, expect them to get a point out of this game.
Predicted score: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City