Liverpool have won their first top flight title for thirty years, but back to back Champions Manchester City will be looking to spoil the party as they play host to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
A 2-1 loss at the hands of Chelsea ended Manchester City’s two year dominance in the Premier League, and a guard of honour on their own turf will be the end of their tenure. However, they will be looking to prevent being done over twice by the Champions this season.
Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane saw Klopps side come away 4-0 winners over Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend,
Klopp’s side have been the dominating force in the Premier League this season losing just once to Watford in what has been perhaps their biggest blip in the domestic season.
For Manchester City their biggest negative this season has been their defensive attributes this season has so far been their second worst season in terms of goals conceded.
Pep Guardiola has made Manchester City defensively better since he arrived at the beginning of the 2016/17 season with his first season in charge seeing the Sky Blues conceding 37 goals.
Losing Vincent Kompany at the end of last season left City with a gap in their defence with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho all having to fill the role. Kompany offered stability in the centre back area but having to adjust each week is not helping the former Champions.
Eric Garcia has been a saving grace and is still learning his trade but is certainly one to watch but Chelsea managed to expose the weakness in the Cityzens defence.
Liverpool at times have been caught out in their defence at times but Virgil van Dijk has been at the core of their defence with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren all swapping roles as well.
Key Battle – Kevin De Bruyne vs Jordan Henderson
Two very different players but both key to their sides success. De Bruyne and Henderson have stood out this season for multiple reasons.
When it comes to footballing talent Henderson may not be the first name on everyone’s team sheet but when it comes to being a captain their is no denying he is the best in the Premier League.
Driving forward at every opportunity, Henderson gives 100% for 90 minutes and solidifies Liverpool’s midfield.
Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne is like an all rounder, perfect at most everything. The Belgian playmaker can play in central midfield as well as an attacking midfielder.
The 29 year old has been this seasons stand out player in the Premier League, 29 appearances in the Premier League this season along with 10 goals and 16 assists shows how much of an asset he is to an ever present Manchester City attack made up of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez/ Bernardo Silva.
When it comes to on field antics, these two are perhaps the most hard working players in the Premier League, both vital to their cause.
Head to Head
Over the past three seasons Manchester City and Liverpool have lead the way in the Premier League with City narrowly beating the Merseyside team to the Premier League title by one point. This year though Liverpool have dominated brushing past everyone in their way.
The last meeting between the two sides was back in November with Fabinho, Salah and Mane all getting on the scoresheet as the Reds came away 3-1 victors in a controversial contest.
That meeting will be famous for Pep Guardiola’s pitch side rant at the fourth official after two handball incidents went unnoticed one of which lead to a Liverpool goal.
Guardiola “Releshing” Liverpool challenge
Despite the defeat by Chelsea which handed Liverpool the title Pep Guardiola is geared up for the future challenges his side face.
“In sport you have to prove yourself every time. We are satisfied with we are doing but the past is the past,” Guardiola told ManCity.com.
“Now we must go on, it’s a new chapter in our lives and we have to live with it,”
“The winner does not want to be beaten and we are going to try and fight with Liverpool and the other opponents for the next chapters in the Premier League.”
What are your score predictions for the game tonight?