Two teams, one currently reigning champions of the Premier League and the other, previous holders for consecutive seasons.
Two clubs that need no introduction are Manchester City and Liverpool Football Club. The duet has reigned so supremely compared to their counterparts and closest rivals they are expected to win each time they step onto the pitch, with no one betting against them.
Sadly, this season proved difficult for the former and home side for the fixture tonight. Suffering the injury bug for two key components was ultimately their demise in the title race. The latter heads into the clash with an extra boost even though they don’t need it.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten for the restart, managing a draw and comprehensive win in their first two matches back. This set of positive results adds to an already impressive run for the 2019-2020 campaign.
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Tonight these two clubs meet for the third and final time this season, where they entertain with second place welcoming first place. The duo has resided in first and second for the past couple of seasons, letting only each other take the position from one another.
Pep Guardiola goes into this meeting seeking redemption for last week Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea, which was also their eighth loss for the season, and the signal for Liverpool to be crowned champions of England. What a loss it was!
City not strong for this one
Guardiola will sadly not have the man who enjoys scoring against Liverpool so often, Sergio Aguero. He will be out for the remainder of the restart. Adding to the problem in attack, he will be missing Leroy Sane, who is completing his £45m deal to Bayern Munich.
And the issues do not stop there as they will be without the commanding figure, Fernandinho. He faces a suspension for his hand of the devil in the penalty box against Chelsea. The only positive coming for City, is they have Aymeric Laporte for the match. Who City partners with Laporte between John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi is a big question.
Liverpool strongest for this one
Liverpool’s test will be to show that they are still not drunk from celebrations. We will be able to see if Klopp has instructed his boys to take their foot off the gas or push even harder to aim for an amazing finish.
They are missing one key player in Joel Matip, who is injured for the rest of the season after sustaining a foot injury but still boast ample cover for the defender. James Milner should be back for selection, yet, will start on the bench no doubt.
He too picked up an injury in the first game back and limped off the pitch, missing the second game on return and their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The match is set up once again to be a banger. The last two visits from the Merseyside club saw them lose the one fixture 2-1 and the other a 0-0 draw, respectively. This time Liverpool could pull the double over Man City.