‘They’ll be fairly happy with a point’: Pundit predicts Liverpool FC v Man City

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Charlie Nicholas believes that Liverpool FC would be “fairly happy” with a point from their Premier League showdown with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds head into the game looking to continue their brilliant start to the new season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men having won all but one of their opening 11 games in the top flight.

Indeed, Liverpool FC’s fine start to the campaign has left them six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, and they know that victory over the Citizens on Sunday would move them nine points ahead.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are looking to deny Liverpool FC once again this season, with the Citizens looking for a win to close the gap down to just three points.

With Liverpool FC heading into this weekend’s game in the driving seat in terms of their Premier League position, former Arsenal star Nicholas feels that the Reds would be pleased to settle for a point against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “This is the game of games.

“When I look back at the games I used to look forward to, they were the Man United vs Liverpool’s, especially at Anfield, Man United vs Man City, but these are the games at Anfield, I love the whole scenario of these games.

“They are hard to understand and hard to read. It was a rotten game of football last time, but this is what tension does to the best of teams – City cannot afford to lose it.

“The Premier League would not be over, as a couple of draws and a defeat makes it wide open again – it is doable with Liverpool’s fixture list.

“Man City’s weaknesses in defence will add to the game – you can only see goals in this one. Pep Guardiola’s side will not sit back, but they will suffocate the service into the front three of Liverpool and try to nullify the full-backs.

“Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were way off it last week, with Sadio Mane carrying the front three and grabbing the match-winner at the death. Pep will look at the pace of Mane and the accusations of diving, but I cannot see how these players will not be in a position to say there are goals here.

“Do City and Liverpool play tactics here? I don’t think so. Liverpool are vulnerable defensively and have not been as good as last year, as we all knew, but they will be fairly happy with a point as it keeps everything going and ticking along.

“It is one of these games, after the miserable feeling of the last one, which will give everyone a ‘wow’ moment.

“Sit back and enjoy the ride – it could go either way, it could be a 5-4 or a 1-0, but I am sitting on the fence until I see the starting teams.”

Liverpool FC are aiming to go one step further in the Premier League than they did last season, after Klopp’s men ended up just a point behind Manchester City in the table.

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