For the first time in 10,650 days, Liverpool will run out as champions of England when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
Liverpool may have already sealed the title but they will be looking to add to Manchester City’s woes by getting their first win as Premier League champions at the Etihad.
The Reds have been celebrating since last Thursday when City’s 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea meant Jürgen Klopp’s side had wrapped up the title with seven games to go as they sit on 86 points and 23 points ahead of their opponents.
City are on 63 points after a season to forget where they have never given Liverpool any competition at the top, but Thursday will provide an opportunity to save some of their blushes.
- Liverpool’s only victory in their past 10 league games at the Etihad Stadium came in Jurgen Klopp’s first match in charge against City in November 2015.
- Liverpool are looking to complete a Premier League double over City for just the third time.
- The Reds require 15 points out of a possible 21 in their final seven league matches to break the English top-flight points record of 100, set by Manchester City in 2017-18.
- Liverpool could go five successive away fixtures without scoring in all competitions for the first time since an eight-match run under Graeme Souness from February to April 1992.
- Guardiola has lost 20 top-flight matches in his four seasons in the Premier League, which is as many as he suffered in his previous seven seasons in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Reason for Man City vs. Liverpool predictions:
- Man City won 10 of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions.
- Liverpool are without a win in four away assignments.
- An average of 3.375 goals hit the net across the last eight meetings between City and Liverpool.
- Both teams scored in four of the last five meetings between the clubs.
Man City have somewhat surprisingly only won two of the last 10 Premier League meetings between these two sides, while Liverpool have also inflicted two Champions League defeats on them during that time.
The Reds have been something of a bogey team for City, but they have not won at the Etihad in the league since Klopp’s first visit in 2015, when they ran out 4-1 winners.
The reverse fixture at Anfield this season saw Liverpool race into a 2-0 lead after only 13 minutes before going on to seal a 3-1 triumph that extended Man City’s winless run away at Liverpool to 17 games.
Man City will want to make a point against the team that has taken their crown off them, whereas Liverpool will want to stamp their authority on a celebratory occasion.
Both teams to score @ 1.53