Manchester City just suffered from a heart breaking loss against Monaco in mid-week that has had all to do with their poor defensive record as much as it has had to do with their offensive struggles. Manchester City know that now with only the domestic titles to focus on; they will have the entire team committed and will be more rested to try and lock up the 2nd spot in the table. Manchester City will rely heavily on the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne, Sane and Sterling who have been their lynchpins up front for most of the campaign and they will need to find the net against a leaky Liverpool side to try and take advantage. City however, can point to their own defensive struggles where they have conceded to Huddersfield, Monaco, Swansea, Tottenham, Burnley and even their loss on 31st December by a score of 1-0 against Liverpool as opportunities for them to turn around their game.
Liverpool as usual have been going through a mixed bag of performances, getting dumped out of the 2 Cup by Wolverhampton and Southampton; and their league form completely stuttering showcasing their inconsistencies. Liverpool however, have turned it up when they have taken on the big sides; beating Arsenal 2-1 & 4-3, Man City 1-0, Tottenham 1-1 and 2-0, Chelsea 1-1 and 2-1. But conversely, they have struggled to win against Bournemouth, Swansea, Hull, Leicester and Burnley in their recent games; all bottom 5 sides in the league. Liverpool will have to turn on their offensive rhythm tonight against Manchester City if they have to have a good chance of maintaining their status in the top 4; with Manchester United hot on their heels with 2 games in hand and 6 points behind. Liverpool’s defense has been shabby conceding in 8 out of their last 9 games.
Both needing the victory in order to push on to take sole control of 2nd spot.