In what is gearing up to be one of the most anticipated matchups in Premier League history, Liverpool will look to widen their buffer at the top of the table when Manchester City come to town on Sunday afternoon.
Picking up a 2-1 win over Genk at Anfield in midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to taste defeat in any of their opening 11 top-flight matchups and are the only side from across England’s footballing tiers to boast such a record.
On the flip side, while Manchester City may have seen Atalanta grab a dramatic 1-1 draw out in Italy on Wednesday night, the defending champions have won each of their previous three Premier League appearances since returning from the international break.
You might be interested to know that along with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw when they met back in August in the Community Shield, two of the previous three meetings between the English heavyweights have ended in a stalemate.
A similar result and the two sides leaving with an equal share of the points can be found at 5/2 with Bet365.
Liverpool march on
Securing their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League in midweek, the mood in Jurgen Klopp’s camp only continues to be on the rise.
Now holding a six-point buffer over Sunday’s guests and many around Anfield dreaming of clinching what would be a famous domestic and European sweep, the former Borussia Dortmund boss finds his side as a favourite with the bookmakers to lift their first Premier League crown come May.
The Reds can be found at 5/6 with Paddy Power to come out on top this season, ahead of the defending champions who find themselves pencilled in at 1/1.
Gaining a growing reputation for their new-found resolve and battling from behind to snatch the most dramatic of victories at Villa Park last weekend, a huge part of Liverpool’s title charge has come down to their continued success on Merseyside.
Sunday’s hosts have won their last 11 consecutive Premier League matches at Anfield and they have remarkably not lost a top-flight match in front of their own supporters since April 2017.
In other news, after being rested for their victory over Genk in midweek, both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be recalled to Klopp’s starting XI alongside Mohamed Salah.
Make or break for City
Chasing down a six-point deficit to Liverpool and many across England starting to believe that the balance of power is turning, it is no surprise that Pep Guardiola is labelling their trip to Anfield as a must-win encounter.
After finding the net against Atalanta in midweek, one man to keep an eye out for on Sunday will be the red-hot Raheem Sterling.
The former Liverpool starlet has now bagged seven strikes in his last six matches for both club and country and will undoubtedly be a key part of Guardiola’s plan on Sunday.
You might be interested to know that the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year can be found at 13/8 with Coral to score against his former employers this weekend.
Sadly for the former Barcelona boss, Guardiola will be left sweating over the fitness of number one shot-stopper Ederson who had to be withdrawn at half-time out in Italy on Wednesday.
With it confirmed that the Brazilian is struggling with a muscle injury, the 26-year-old faces a late fitness test and could be replaced by Claudio Bravo in between the sticks.