Lovren: Liverpool need luck against Man City

Lovren: Liverpool need luck against Man City

Compatriots Alisson Becker and Ederson are among the league's best goalkeepers, but it is Alisson who usually gets the nod for Brazil, and we are just siding with the Liverpool man too.

In the first meeting, it felt like the teams were sizing each other up. We are going to focus on what we have to do to win the game.

"It's a massive game, of course it is, but Tottenham will be looking forward to capitalise as well because we both play each other so both of us can't pick up full points".

The former England striker wrote in his Daily Mirror column: "Even if Liverpool were to beat Manchester City 5-0 at the Etihad".

Liverpool are seven points clear at the top of the table, with Pep Guardiola already admitting second-placed City's title challenge will be over if they lose to the Reds this week.

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. Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them.

'It's a really strong football team with an outstanding manager.

Pep Guardiola's City are desperate to close the gap on their title rivals at the Etihad.

Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty to squander the chance to secure a 1-0 win against Jurgen Klopp's side.

Guardiola, not Klopp, has been the one tinkering with tactics heading into their matchups.

But Guardiola is said to have identified where his players can hurt Liverpool in their crunch showdown.

Both English sides would be well ahead of any of the current leading pack, after 17 games (with the extended La Liga Christmas break to take into consideration).

Vincent Kompany played in City's last game, away at Southampton, but his lack of mobility would be a serious issue here and Nicolas Otamendi might return if Laporte moves across to left-back. Liverpool is seeking its first top-flight title since 1990, and its 19th overall.

Ilkay Gundogan believes that if Manchester City can contain Liverpool's dynamic attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, they will win Thursday night's crunch clash between the two sides.

The Belgian did not travel to Southampton for Manchester City's 3-1 victory on Sunday due to a muscle injury as the champions returned to winning ways following two successive defeats. Crucially, midfield anchorman Fernandinho is fit and available.

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