The two teams resume their battle for the Premier League crown this weekend with the title very much in reach.
Liverpool heads into the weekend in a spot on 76 points, two ahead of City, but having played a game more. Get your Champions League Tickets from our trusted platform.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is unbeaten since losing to City on January 3 — winning six and drawing four of its 10 Premier League games.
It is conceivable that Liverpool, even if it won every single one of its remaining seven games and reach 97 points — and still lose out on the title.
That’s because Manchester City, the reigning champion, could reach 98 if it wins all of its remaining eight fixtures.
No team has ever reached 90 points and not won the title — but both of these teams could become the first.
Whatever happens though, neither will match City’s points total of last season — a record 100 — a total that saw it finish 19 points clear of its nearest rival and 25 ahead of Liverpool in fourth.
Defending champion City appears to have stepped up a gear in recent weeks with Raheem Sterling in, particularly impressive form.
The 24-year-old, who scored a hat-trick for England in its 5-0 win over the Czech Republic last week, also hit three in his last Premier League game to help City secure 3-1 win over Watford.
Sterling’s 15 league goals and nine assists have helped City back into contention after Liverpool moved seven points clear at the summit back in January.
Such has been Sterling’s impact both for England and City, that even his former teammates turned rivals at Liverpool, are talking about him. Sterling was at Liverpool between 2010 and 2015, before signing for City.
“We knew he had something unique at Liverpool,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told reporters after Sterling’s hat-trick for England.
“You could see how good he was, and he had the right attitude. “I feel as however, he’s more of a leader now in the England team. That’s come with experience.
“I knew from the minute I started training with him that he’s a special player. He’s proved how good he is in the last couple of years. He can still get better, and he will do.
“We all know how good a player he is, and he has the right mentality to keep wanting more and stay hungry. It’s been a pleasure to watch him grow in the last few years.”
Since defeating Liverpool on January 3, City has taken 24 points from a possible 27, winning eight and losing one of its nine Premier League games.
It has also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup, quarterfinals of the Champions League and won the League Cup — keeping it on schedule for an unprecedented quadruple.
Then you can add in the goal statistics which are frightening. So far this season, City has scored 142 goals in 49 matches — that’s just one fewer than the 143 it managed in the whole of last season.
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