Five talking points ahead of Manchester City's title showdown with Liverpool

Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate after scoring against Southampton

Sergio Aguero turns away to celebrate after scoring against Southampton

City shot-stopper Ederson, meanwhile, will be encouraged to go long more often than not to quell Liverpool's attacking trio.

"Obviously [it boosted us]", the 27-year-old told Standard Sport when asked about Tottenham's result on Saturday.

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'But we are only in January and there are still plenty of Premier League games ahead of us.

"The reality is clear so we have seven points down so it will be the second game of the second leg [of the season], so there a lot of points to play for". But we can beat them. "Sometimes if you prepare a football game, watching two or three games of the opponent, you still have no clue what they are doing".

MANCHESTER, Jan 2 ― "I start to read and then I start to think "Liverpool and Juergen Klopp" and I can not focus", said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, admitting Liverpool's charge to depose the Premier League champions has been in his head for some time.

Consistent success is the mark of a truly great side and if City should reel in a Liverpool side seemingly hell bent on making history, that is a tag they will deserve.

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Those will likely be Klopp's tactics again with Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson acknowledging City will "go full throttle into us". Past year we beat them 5-0 here - but it doesn't count now. Yes, with the record we had in December - I'm not sure if another team had a record like this in December - we are in a good moment. Whether it's Zinchenko, Danilo or Laporte there, Klopp will be confident Salah possesses the speed and intelligence to cause serious problems, and while he's impressed upfront this season, it makes sense for him to revert to the right flank here.

Kompany, though, called on his side to avenge a painful Champions League quarter-final exit to Liverpool last season.

"I have a feeling everyone can beat us but also that we can beat everyone".

Traditionally, this fixture produces goals, with 29 in the last eight meetings, both teams scoring in five and only one having fewer than three goals.

Guardiola said: "He trained today".

"My only question of Liverpool would be how they play it".

In the end, we all know what happened: an on-field 'this doesn't slip speech, ' a subsequent slip, and an unthinkable capitulation at Crystal Palace, handed the league to Man City. "That's the situation, so we will see what we do with that".

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