Liverpool and Manchester City promises to be a cracker

Liverpool and Manchester City promises to be a cracker

Liverpool and Manchester City promises to be a cracker

Premier League giants, Manchester City are set to surrender their interest in Arsenal forward, Alexis Sanchez.

City have lost just once in all competitions this season - to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League - and have a 15-point advantage at the top of the table having scored 64 goals and conceded just 13.

The Reds endured a jam-packed festive schedule in which they played 14 games in 49 days, capped off by the 2-1 FA Cup win over their Merseyside rivals last weekend. Tottenham can drop points but I see the games and think: "They played well". I know Philippe Coutinho is not there anymore but they've still got the firepower to beat them, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Jose Mourinho is said to want a new defensive midfielder in support of Paul Pogba, and City target Weigl has landed on the Red Devils' radar. City have triumphed against Liverpool just once in the past six meetings in the league, a demolition in their last encounter.

It was a night to remember last time out for Liverpool, with new record signing Virgil van Dijk scoring a late victor to beat bitter rivals Everton 2-1 at Anfield and send the Reds into the next round in the FA Cup.

Salah believes that Liverpool fans will play a key role in helping achieve a positive result against Pep Guardiola's side.

The Spaniard added: "If we start to go down, and lose confidence, and don't play well regularly, then we will see".

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Unsurprisingly considering their position as runaway Premier League leaders, Manchester City are favourites to win this game at 13/10, while Liverpool are 21/10 and the draw is odds of 11/4. "I don't think it should affect us at all". That's what I've felt from the moment I came here.

"Of course they are challengers, going to Liverpool away is always tough".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stated that Liverpool will be able to cope with despite the departure of star man Philippe Coutinho. "You have to move on though and Liverpool will always be Liverpool". And that is all he does. He has been prolific this season for Liverpool and has scored 17 league goals. "I'm confident but not as confident as other managers, thinking this club will call, that club will call".

However, it is not just in attack where Liverpool are sure to cause City problems on Sunday, but crucially they will also be stronger at the back after the recent £75m signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

It's a far cry from the summer of 2014 when both clubs were in very different situations. That is why they got him.

The 50-year-old's celebrated tenure at Signal Iduna Park featured back-to-back Bundesliga titles and saw him become one of the most sought-after coaches in European football.

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