City looks to halt Liverpool's march to Premier League title

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Those will likely be Klopp's tactics again, with Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson acknowledging City will "go full throttle into us".

Only two of the past 10 teams to lead the Premier League on Christmas Day have failed to win the division that season, Liverpool in 2008/09 and again in 2013/14.

Ahead of Thursday's mouth-watering showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads.

Lovren was further probed as to whether Liverpool can match Arsenal's incredible, invincible, unbeaten season managed in 2003/2004.

The Reds' 54 points after 20 league games is the third-highest haul in EPL history, behind only Chelsea (55 points in 2005/06) and Manchester City (58 points in 2017/18) - both of whom went on to lift the title.

Klopp employs a number of the same principles, and through the "Gegenpress" has been one of the few managers who has been able to consistently trouble Guardiola's teams.

City have failed to win any of their last four meetings with Liverpool, who - in contrast to the champions' indifferent recent form - have won their last nine Premier League games.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea in their response wants at least £22.5m for the attacker before they can allow him leave anytime soon. Watford's goalkeeper barged Hazard to the floor in the 58th minute and the Belgian made no mistake from the penalty spot.

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.

But in a handful of games Pep has made crucial changes to how we set up and the roles of the players - like at Anfield against Liverpool last season in the Champions League. What we think about is 54 points - unbelievable, to be honest.

But despite Liverpool's unbeaten start to the league campaign and their seven-point advantage at the summit, Klopp is adamant City remain the best. There's no secret, whatever we know and then I have to decide if I give other information on top or not. Who would have thought we would have three hard games in December? Pep Guardiola's side looked to be turning things around with a 3-1 win over Southampton but Liverpool will be a completely different test, with the Spaniard admitting their opponents may be the best team in the world.

Liverpool fans know all too well how much Virgil has improved not just Liverpool's defence, but their entire team and its confidence and composure.

All three scored in the same Premier League game for the first time this season on Saturday as Arsenal were blown away 5-1 at Anfield.

"We will try to beat them and that's all". After 29 years not winning the Premier League, to be there to win the Premier League. The midfielders they work a lot, they press a lot. I just don't see how City can keep him quiet with the lack of personnel that they have available for that position.

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