Man City must beat Liverpool to stay in the title race and reduce Arsenal's lead to 5 points, but Liverpool has already beaten them this season
|Liverpool has what it takes to stop Man City but will the champions allow Arsenal to go out of sight? (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Liverpool versus Man CityEtihad Stadium12:30pm
Without a doubt, it's one of the most important games of the season, and despite how awful the Kops have been this year, you have to give Jurgen Klopp and his team credit for having earned the right to be feared even on their worst days.
In order to catch up to league leaders Arsenal, Man City must play twice in four days, but they must do so against a side that has already robbed the champions of all of their points this season.
Man City has no room for error at this crucial juncture.
As of right now, dropping points here could very well hand the championship to Mikel Arteta's team, and it remains to be seen if City will relinquish their crown so easily.
Last year, the 1-0 victory at Anfield gave Arsenal the top position.
It's difficult to attribute Liverpool's inconsistent play this season to anything other than illness.
The Kops defeated Manchester United 7-0 on a chilly Sunday night before losing 1-0 at Bournemouth with Mohammed Salah missing a penalty kick in the second half.
Everyone is aware of the citizens' potential when they are at their best, but will they ever go on a run like that to unseat the competitive Gunners and claim the title?
Guadiola's side have yet to win four straight games this season.
How will they form a line?
Although Luis Dias is back in training, he won't be ready to start against the hosts.
Darwin Nunez will take the field, but what centre combination would Klopp use to counter Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva?
The health of Erling Haaland, who is dealing with a hip injury, continues to worry the Cityzens, but Julian Alvarez is capable of deputising skillfully.
Watch how Pep Guardiola chooses to set up his defence against a team that has the ability to shock you at the right time.
To remain in the title race, Man City must defeat Liverpool.
With the same number of games played, a victory would reduce Arsenal's lead over the competition to five points.
Arsenal could go eleven or ten points ahead with a loss or draw at Liverpool; Pep and his team shouldn't give up that much territory.