The Big Match Tactical View: Manchester City v Liverpool

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If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone, Sterling said.

"We know them, they know us, this season they've been doing very well in the Premier League and the Champions League so it's two very good teams and we'll try to win the game".

City boss Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports their meeting with Liverpool is a must-win contest because defeat would leave them trailing the Reds by 10 points.

But, ahead of their huge clash with City on Thursday, there are plenty of reasons to suggest Liverpool's long wait for a Premier League title will continue.

A win on Thursday night would put Jurgen Klopp's men ten points clear of Manchester City and there is already an impending sense of doom around social media.

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.

This fixture in the Premier League last season was won 5-0 by City, though they lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool in the Champions League later in the campaign.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, however, disagrees, saying that anything but a City win would be the death knell for their title aspirations.

He said: "Liverpool's growth as a team can be tracked from a few years back".

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This (win) will give us more confidence and we will play more positively in Sydney. Coming to Australia has been a different experience as well. "It's inexperience.

Pep Guardiola views Manchester City's crunch clash with Liverpool exclusively as an opportunity to revive their Premier League title defence.

Asked if the City defeat laid bare the size of Saints' survival fight, Hasenhuttl replied: "I knew it from the beginning, I knew exactly what a brutal schedule was waiting for us, and to prepare a new team, to know the new players, what they can do for you".

"But, in the end, we look to ourselves and win our games".

"Especially against Liverpool, that's an extremely exciting and a very big challenge against their three men up front. But tomorrow we need another check in the morning, but he is much better".

"I just can't see how they can stop Liverpool from scoring goals".

The first step towards dealing with any distressing situation is accepting it, and, in this case, the best way to do that is knowing that it could have been a lot worse - they could have won it in 2014.

'There's no denying it is a huge game for both clubs.

More competition comes from Bernardo Silva, James Milner, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne, the latter of whom would ordinarily be a sure-fire pick for any combined XI.

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