Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Marcus Newton
January 3, 2019

The Citizens now find themselves seven points adrift of league-leaders Liverpool and many are dubbing the game as "make or break" for Pep Guardiola's side.

Questions are being asked of City after they suffered three defeats in the space of four games in December but Guardiola is not entertaining the prospect of another loss. But we take it game by game.

"Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams (City and Tottenham), probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems".

Manchester City host Liverpool on Thursday in a match which could have enormous significance in the destination of the Premier League trophy this season.

But despite Liverpool's unbeaten start to the league campaign and their seven-point advantage at the summit, Klopp is adamant City remain the best.

While both teams will need to be on top of their games across the field, here are three pivotal areas which could see the game swing in either Liverpool or Manchester City's favour.

James Milner may return to the squad for Liverpool's top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.

The reverse fixture between these sides was a terrible goalless draw - no Premier League game in 2018 produced fewer shots - but this one should be considerably more lively.

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"That's what we will try to do, it's what we try to do every game". Klopp does not play that way and, besides, their successes against City last season came when they met fire with fire.

Kevin De Bruyne, who has featured little this season due to injury, is again a doubt after missing Sunday's victory at Southampton.

"Over the past 30 years, we've had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we're seeing from Juergen Klopp's side this season".

"They've won the title". It is Liverpool, the best team in all England in history.

Klopp added: "These kind of six-point games, it's how it is, we play against each other and can pretty much go in all directions".

The first step towards dealing with any distressing situation is accepting it, and, in this case, the best way to do that is knowing that it could have been a lot worse - they could have won it in 2014. It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'.

"My only question of Liverpool would be how they play it".

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