Liverpool meet Manchester City at Anfield in an encounter that carries great significance in both the title race and the battle to finish in the top four.
For the home side, this game comes just 56 hours after they played extra time and penalties in the Europa League on Thursday, eventually losing to Besiktas. With the FA Cup now their only hope of silverware, they can now concentrate on achieving their domestic goals, and Brendan Rodgers’ men are the Premier League’s form team.
Victory at rivals Southampton moved them closer to a Champions League qualification spot, with the gap now just two points, underlining the progress the Reds have made since mid-December. Philippe Coutinho – who got the winner in this fixture last season – has played a major part in that, scoring a sensational goal at St. Mary’s.
Luis Suarez was banging in the goals on Merseyside until last summer, and on Tuesday Man City were unable to handle the Uruguayan as he put Barcelona in a strong position in their Champions League second round tie. The Spanish club’s dominance again showed that the side still seems to carry an inferiority complex when against Europe’s leading lights.
But the 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United in their last league game showed how devastating they can be domestically, with David Silva the creator in-chief as the Citizens produced a masterful display from start to finish. However, they must win here to avoid handing Chelsea – who are in Capital One Cup final action – the initiative.
Coutinho returns for Liverpool after missing the Europa League game, along with Lazar Markovic. Another midfielder, Jordan Henderson, will be assessed.
Man City could hand a first start to Wilfried Bony, while Yaya Toure is back after missing out against Barcelona through suspension.
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