Why Liverpool will not win the Premier League this season

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates with his team mates after scoring to make it 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium

Manchester City will not be able to call upon Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, and might have to use Oleksandr Zinchenko or Danilo in a makeshift left-back role as Pep Guardiola is short of recognised left-backs.

City have won just one of their last eight games against Liverpool in all competitions, and missed the chance to take all three points from Anfield in October when Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty in a 0-0 draw. 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.

"It is normal for this to happen when you spend three to four months out injured - you come back in such a demanding period and you have a little bit of a problem". After the match, Roy Hodgson said Townsend had "one of those bonanza days", and he couldn't have picked a better stage to perform at such a level.

Robertson, whose team thrashed Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday, acknowledged the importance of the clash. Fulham remains the worst defensive team in the league, having conceded 43 goals in 20 games, and Aubameyang had two goals and an assist in Arsenal's first game against them, despite coming off the bench. They look, as City did last season, like a team that opponents fear. Sometimes you need to realise that wanting to do well is not enough. They were very hard to beat. The position Liverpool was in was a similar position back in those times of Brendan Rodgers, the only difference, the points they lead by now and the full squad they boast.

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"But the thing is, they completed it and they've got their winners" medal and the trophy. We just want to win.

"We all know, wow, Man City are a fantastic football team and an away game at City - who can go there and think "Probably we will win"? But it's a game at home and hopefully the extra help from our people at the Etihad can come".

His words echo his manager's. "We need to do this progress".

"We did well so far", he said.

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