Liverpool can take a giant step towards winning their first top-flight title since 1990 by holding Manchester City to a draw on Thursday.
The Reds have an excellent recent record against last season’s runaway Premier League champions, only losing one of their last 11 matches in all competitions against City – a 5-0 loss last term when they had Sadio Mane sent off in the first half.
Liverpool to draw 1-1 at City @ 13/2
Liverpool knocked City out of the Champions League last season and also inflicted one of only two league defeats on Pep Guardiola’s team when they won a thriller at Anfield 4-3 last January.
Jurgen Klopp’s team remain unbeaten after 20 matches and are showing no signs of weakness – their 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday was arguably their most impressive and ruthless performance of the campaign.
Firmino to score the first goal @ 8/1
Roberto Firmino was back to his best against the Gunners, grabbing a hat-trick to bring his goal tally in the league this season up to seven, and the in-form Brazilian may hit the goal trail again on Thursday.
The purchases of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have been crucial to Liverpool’s improvement this season – the Reds have conceded a miserly eight goals in their 20 league games compared with 23 at the same stage last term.
Total 1st Half Goals – Under 0.5 @ 47/20
In contrast City showed signs of fallibility in December and, although they won at Southampton on Sunday, they lost more league matches in the month than in the whole of last season.
Guardiola’s team have gone 10 matches in all competitions without keeping a clean sheet and they do not seem to be capable of stifling a rampant Liverpool team that have not failed to score in a league game since the goalless draw between the two sides at Anfield in October.
It could be another tight game in Manchester with goals at a premium, particularly in the first half.
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