While many would hastily come to the superficial conclusion that nothing is at stake in Thursday night’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, the reverse seems to be the case even though the title race has already been decided.
While Liverpool would want to show tonight that they are indeed a formidable side and deserve the accolade they finally got after a 30-year wait, City would be desperate to avoid any more humiliation by the Reds.
The above scenario perfectly sets the tone for a potential explosive tie at the Etihad.
Head To Head
Despite their perceived dominance over most teams in the past few years, it is quite surprising that Man City have only won two of the last 10 Premier League meetings between them and Liverpool.
On their part, Liverpool not only have a better record but they have also inflicted two Champions League defeats on them during that time.
The Reds have been something of a bogey team for City, then, but they have not won at the Etihad in the league since Klopp’s first visit in 2015, when they ran out 4-1 winners.
The reverse fixture at Anfield this season saw Liverpool race into a 2-0 lead after only 13 minutes before going on to seal a 3-1 triumph that extended Man City’s winless run away at Liverpool to 17 games.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News
Top striker Sergio Aguero is ruled out and Eric Garcia remains doubtful, while Fernandinho will miss out due to suspension following his red card at Stamford Bridge.
Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Joel Matip are all unavailable due to injury, with the latter unlikely to play again this season.
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Man
Verdict: Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool