As attention turns back to the Premier League, one of modern football’s great rivalries resumes – Manchester City against Liverpool.
With nine games to go, City have a one-point lead. They meet at the Etihad on April 10 and in the FA Cup semi-finals a week later. All eyes are on who will prevail.
Will Pep Guardiola stay at City beyond next year? Will Mo Salah remain at Anfield? And why don’t these two great clubs like each other any more?
Our City reporter JACK GAUGHAN and Liverpool expert DOMINIC KING sat down to talk it all over. Football Editor IAN LADYMAN posed the questions.
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DOMINIC KING: The day that made me think Liverpool were still in it was when they beat Brentford on January 16.
It was routine but Jurgen Klopp made a point of running to the Kop with the fist pumps. It was: ‘Come on, let’s get going’ and from that point they took off. That was the day he mobilised the troops.
JG: City have faltered against Spurs and Crystal Palace – two relative bogey teams. Anyone who watches City regularly knows they throw in the odd dodgy performance, which to the outside world is always majorly surprising.