03 January, 2019
The Reds are now seven points ahead of the Cityzens going into this game, however, the win for the latter could cut the gap and ramp up the pressure in this year's title race.
February 2016 was the last time Manchester City lost consecutive home Premier League games, losing to Leicester and Spurs; manager Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games as a manager.
Manchester City and Liverpool FC meet in a Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester.
How will one cope if the insufferable Kopites finally lay their hands upon the Premier League chalice? And on all but four occasions in Premier League history, the side who were leading at Christmas suffered a downturn in form and lower average points per match thereafter. However, an unfortunate groin injury at the start of last month has had a great impact on his overall performance as the Argentine has scored only one goal in his last four league games.
City's poor run of form over Christmas allowed Liverpool to move seven points clear at the top ahead of the match, and victory for the Reds at the Etihad would leave the champions facing an uphill battle to defend their crown.
"Everybody has been asking what will happen if we lose". A year ago we beat them 5-0 here - but it doesn't count now.
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However, former Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling, who was a star of City's own record-breaking side that finished last season with 100 points and 106 goals, warned that his side are confident of beating the Reds.
City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem. The midfielders they work a lot, they press a lot.
"I think we got rid, finally, of the backpack when we reached the Champions League final", he said. They are in that moment the best team in Europe with consistency and controlling details but it is a chance for us to reduce the gap.
"That's why it is a challenge for us next Thursday to try and win there to try and sustain this position as long as possible to arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title". "They're unsafe, I mean it". We have watched some of that game in preparation for Thursday.
If he does so again on Thursday, he will be perfectly primed to make the most of City's left-back shortage; neither right-back Danilo and makeshift option Oleksandr Zinchenko look well-equipped to stop the Egyptian flier. What we think about is 54 points - unbelievable, to be honest.