Liverpool sense chance to leave City in their wake

Rafa Benitez Liverpool now have financial muscle. Maybe now the great title obsession will finally end

Rafa Benitez Liverpool now have financial muscle. Maybe now the great title obsession will finally end

The guys who sell the hot dogs has to be in top shape. No. 1 Liverpool takes on No. 4 Manchester City on Sunday in a battle of the league's top two teams.

City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side trail leaders Liverpool by six points, has confirmed Claudio Bravo will start at Anfield.

England global Oxlade-Chamberlain's victor comes after his brace in the 4-1 win in Belgium the last time out and an impressive performance as Klopp left out Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ahead of the weekend's match with Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

Even if his intent was surely to motivate his players, to appeal to their competitive nature and pride, the City manager should know. We won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup thanks to Claudio Bravo.

Liverpool: This is a statement game for a team that has never won the Premier League. I have no doubts.

"I see him every day in training sessions, how good a player he is".

"People will talk about it whether we win, lose or draw, it's for them to say what they want".

Liverpool closed in on qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot them to a 2-1 win over Genk to put them top of Group E.

After all this time, are we still underestimating this City team?

Guardiola admits he can not offer any magic bullet to explain away City's dire record at Anfield, with a Nicolas Anelka inspired 2-1 win in 2003 their only successful trip since 1981. You'd think they're not going to lose many games but the season is long.

Liverpool fans are sure to crank up the volume as they bid to win their first ever Premier League crown and end a 30-year wait for a top-flight title.

"When you see the statistics, I don't believe much in these sorts of things, but 38 years for one (win), it shows how hard it is at Anfield". If you see Liverpool, they lost one game last season and this season they are unbeaten.

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