Manchester City will look to put the disappointment of their Champions League exit behind them with a good win over Liverpool at the Etihad on Sunday.
Third-placed City will be a wounded animal coming into this match on the back of a 3-1 loss to Monaco and the end of their European campaign.
But they can now focus on the Premier League now and despite a 0-0 draw with Stoke after five straight league wins, they bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough. And they will also want a good result on Sunday ahead of tough trips to Arsenal and Chelsea.
Liverpool’s form took a massive dive in January and they continue to struggle to recover. But three wins from their last four including a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal ahead of overcoming Burnley 2-1 last week – after four losses in five – means the Reds come into this game just a point behind City, in fourth.
Ahead of this match, City boss Pep Guardiola told the press: “In terms of the results until now, yes [they are a threat against the best sides]. But it’s a new game and anything can happen.
“(Jugen) Klopp is a top coach. It’s an attacking side. Win the ball and attack. He likes to attack in four, five, six seconds all the time.
“Teams when they attack you feel comfortable and when they defend deep sometimes they have more problems. It’s a top team.
“A good test against one of the best teams in the Premier League. Tough game.”
Klopp said: “These games are always important. Actually, I can’t remember a not-important game in the Premier League, to be honest.
“But I think we all know about the quality of Manchester City, probably a few people think they’re out of the Champions League now against Monaco, so… but I think the way they played was quite impressive. Monaco is an unbelievably skilled side, full of youth, talent and all that stuff.