How Liverpool Will Line Up Against Manchester City

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How Liverpool Will Line Up Against Manchester City
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Liverpool are top of the Premier League on Christmas Day. That's music to any Reds fan's ears right now, but it comes with the knowledge that unless Brendan Rodgers' men stay focused, it could be a different story by New Year's Day.

That's because Liverpool have two very tricky away fixtures to end a brilliant 2013: at Manchester City on Boxing Day (Thursday) and at Chelsea on Sunday.

This is truly where Liverpool's resolve will be tested—away to fellow title challengers.

But Liverpool must fear no enemies and take each game as it comes. They can approach Manuel Pellegrini's Man City side with all the confidence of a team at the top.

The Reds may even look to go into the game against in-form City with a certain degree of arrogance, one point ahead of the Blues.

It wouldn't be the worst call in the world, either, to describe Rodgers' comments to BBC Sport on Saturday that the league title is Man City's to lose as the start of mind games from the Northern Irishman.

But Rodgers will approach the game at the Etihad Stadium like any other—putting his best team out. It wouldn't be surprising if there were no changes from the line-up that beat Tottenham 5-0 and Cardiff City 3-1.

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