A week is a long time in football and Manchester City suffered consecutive defeats over Christmas that precisely nobody saw coming.
On 22 December, the Citizens were turned over at home to Crystal Palace before a 2-1 reverse at Leicester City that has well and truly thrown a spanner in the works as far as their title bid is concerned.
A 3-1 win at Southampton has steadied the ship although it was hardly a vintage performance at St Mary’s and the Saints could have been awarded a penalty when the scoreline was at 1-1.
City suddenly seem infallible and Pep Guardiola’s side don’t look an attractive price to overcome a Liverpool team who have been recording wins as quickly as a Christmas reveller sinks pints of beer.
The Reds are passing every test with flying colours and it’s been interesting to note that Virgil van Dijk is now favourite to be voted PFA Player of the Year that is always an unusual thing for a defender to win.
The way in which Arsenal were recently dismantled was highly impressive and that came after a drubbing of Newcastle and a win at Wolves which can be filed in the “efficient and clinical” category.
Manchester City simply need to win this clash although this was the case in a Champions League quarter final tie between these sides last season and Liverpool ended up turning over the Citizens.
The Reds don’t look as though they’re going to wobble any time soon, with Kevin de Bruyne not fully up to speed, with Kyle Walker and John Stones expected to return to the defence.
Mohamed Salah is arguably having a more effective season than he did in his debut year at Liverpool, with Roberto Firmino having bagged a hat-trick against the Gunners and it all points to an away win.