Man City must pull everything out of the locker against Liverpool - Kompany

Arnold Nichols
January 1, 2019

For Liverpool, the idea of securing a 10th straight league win is seductive.

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City's Premier League title bid hangs on Thursday's clash with Liverpool.

Liverpool go into the encounter on the back of eight straight wins in all competitions, while City have faltered with two defeats in three games.

Ahead of the game, Press Association Sport looks at the combined XI of both sides. Midfielder Bernardo Silva said: "The last days were not good for us, to lose two games in a row".

Salah's inclusion is obvious, he is the Premier League's joint 13-goal top scorer and his form since the start of last season has been phenomenal.

The FA say they are "seeking observations" at this stage. City may have won it, but missed a late penalty through Riyad Mahrez.

The reaction at times of adversity often makes the mark of champions and after falling behind for the first time in the league at Anfield in almost a year, Liverpool were ahead within five minutes against Arsenal. It promises to be a fascinating tactical tussle.

We don't talk about being champions - I go into the changing room and tell the players nothing has changed. But we take it game by game. "What do you expect when you are Crystal Palace, playing solid, you score an equaliser [for 1-1] and then [Andros] Townsend, from his apartment, scores a second goal!"

"The difference is that they obviously had to win by four goals that night and they only need to win by one on Thursday", he told United Kingdom newspapers. They only need to win by one on Thursday.

The unbeaten Reds are seven points clear of City, who sat top for most of the season before a recent slide knocked them off their perch.

Liverpool have never lost against a Manchester club when Taylor has refereed the match, though they haven't won either. They're probably more experienced than us in this position but we look forward to it. "We got 44 points in the first round".

The last time they met, back on October 7, it finished 0-0 - and that scoreline doesn't do justice to just how poor a game it was. It was the Dutchman's first league goal of the season. Liverpool, so far, have shown remarkable strength and precious few weaknesses. Sometimes you need to realise that wanting to do well is not enough.

Of course I think they're going to drop points, but not too many. They were very hard to beat. We just want to win. "But it's a game at home and hopefully the extra help from our people at the Etihad can come".

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