The Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal can not afford to be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places. I think we hit it off from the first game and after that we did not really lose. Liverpool holds a super slight edge at 6-5-7 in its last 19 matches against Manchester City.
The Netherlands worldwide defender impressed and scored the victor on debut in the victory over local rivals Everton, but this weekend's meeting with the title favourites could prove too challenging for a player who is still getting to know his new team-mates.
While City have been irresistible at times this season, this is a strong Liverpool side - strengthened by the addition of Virgil van Dijk in defence.
"Hopefully we can do better than last season". It's worth noting that this game could very well be postponed.
The defending champions won't be repeating, but that doesn't mean they can't have a say in the manner in which they concede the title.
Any team willing to press and attack City have found success, and they have found the net.
City had no problem winning at Old Trafford in their earlier matchup, but for Jose Mourinho, there would be few things sweeter than playing spoiler for his crosstown nemesis.
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They now lead Tottenham and Arsenal by three and five points respectively, so Jurgen Klopp will know taking something from City remains crucial.
How Jurgen Klopp spends the £142 million could make or break Liverpool's season - and given previous January transfer dealings, Reds supporters will hope any arrivals are more Luis Suarez than Andy Carroll.
City's charge gained momentum netting four goals in the next three league games against Swansea City, Spurs and Bournemouth.
A draw at half-time, Man City at full-time is 9/2.
Bristol City proved to be a more hard foe than expected in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals, but City still prevailed, 2-1. Don't expect any stunners there.
But since Champions League action took a back seat the Reds have been more unsafe than ever.
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