Paul Merson states his prediction for Man City v Liverpool FC

Virginia Santiago
January 3, 2019

But we are there, we have a lot of games to go and I think everyone will lose points, even Liverpool.

Manchester City lost significant ground on Premier League leaders Liverpool FC in December following defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester City over the festive schedule. A collective unit combined with stellar individual quality helped Liverpool stay atop the Premier League without losing a single game so far in this season. If we don't I will congratulate them and move forward and learn for our game.

One thing is for sure, no matter who comes out on top in their individual battles, it's set to be one heck of a game, with whoever comes away with three points (if anyone!) having a large slice of momentum as the title race really heats up the cold winter months. It's a really strong football team with an outstanding manager.

The Reds, though, won 10 of their 17 league games after the turn of the year and have taken 54 points from a possible 60 this season to match City's haul of 88 in 2018 - City hold sway on goal difference by a margin of six.

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A win on Thursday night would put Jurgen Klopp's men ten points clear of Manchester City and there is already an impending sense of doom around social media.

"I know today nobody trusts us, nobody makes one coin for us, but it is what it is".

Despite a recent poor run of form from Manchester City that benefited Liverpool, they are a squad with world class players who can change the shape of a tie within moments. Would I say they are the best team in the world if nobody would ask me? No. I would use it as motivation for the other team.

I think this will be a game where the defensive nous of Laporte will be preferred at left back to Zinchenko but it will be important to offer cover with pace in the form of Sane as a marauding left winger.

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While anything can happen in the ever competitive English Premier League, no team has managed to inflict a defeat to this side. Every coaching session and every game sees players undertaking their well drilled tasks within a coherent and planned system.

City will need all hands on deck if they are to nullify Liverpool's attacking threat and the return of Fernandinho from a thigh injury for that victory over the Saints was a major boost.

"I like these games", Klopp said. He has proved a breath of fresh air to Klopp and Liverpool, providing a ideal blend of defensive solidity and attacking know-how, perfectly epitomised by his performance against Manchester United. We beat them 5-0 here, but last season. They will be brimming with confidence against a City side looking unusually vulnerable. Good signing for Chelsea but good deal as well, Dortmund can keep him.

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