Manchester City haven’t enjoyed their recent clashes with the Red half of Merseyside. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won the last four league games against City on the spin, scoring 10 goals, conceding two, and looking as bombproof as the Death Star.
Chelsea may be running away with the league title, but there is a spot in the top four at stake – making this heavyweight clash one of the most important matches this side of Tatooine.
Pep Guardiola’s men are just one point ahead of Liverpool despite the Reds’ miserable start to 2017, and both teams will know that missing out on a Champions League spot is simply unacceptable.
In Form, You Are
Manchester City head into the game having lost just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions, a 3-1 (agg 6-6) loss to Monaco in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday. (W8, D3, L1)
In that time, they came back from behind twice against Monaco in the first leg, stuck five past Huddersfield in FA Cup and netted a total of 28 goals.
Their relationship may have looked as dramatic as an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians for a little while, but Guardiola and Aguero seem to be back on track, with City’s top goal scorer netting six in his last six games.
Liverpool are clutching onto their spot in the Champions League places with Arsenal breathing down their necks. After a shocking start to the year, they clawed back vital points against Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley and a win over The Blues could take them as high as second place.
Would Chewbacca City?
Despite Liverpool’s recent hex over the Citizens, Pep’s side are evens to take all three points and further tighten their grip on a top four spot. A win, depending on Chelsea and Tottenham’s results, could narrow the gap slightly to seven behind the league leaders.
Liverpool are currently 13/5 to get the away win at The Etihad, meaning they would’ve beaten The Blues twice this season. Both sides have shown some serious defensive frailties, so City to win and Both Teams To Score at 12/5 could be a good shout.