Alvaro Negredo Scores Incredible Goal Ahead of Liverpool vs. Manchester City

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2014

Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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In preparation for the fixture that's likely to decide this season's Premier League title race, Manchester City have released a video of precisely what kind of attacking threat they're bringing to Anfield this Sunday.

The video depicts Alvaro Negredo ghosting onto the training pitch before unleashing the kind of bicycle kick that Simon Mignolet certainly won't want to be coming up against too often.

As things stand, Brendan Rodgers' side sit at the summit of the English top flight and hold a four-point advantage over Manchester City, who hold two games in hand over their Merseyside foes.

Negredo has entered a dry spell of scoring form lately, failing to net in his last 12 games under Manuel Pellegrini, but there would be no better time to rediscover his touch than in a match of such massive importance.

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The 28-year-old has shown more prolific signs during his maiden campaign in England, scoring 23 goals in his first 28 Manchester City starts, per Transfermarkt.

Sky Sports' Daniel Storey shows where City's strikers have been most effective this term:

It speaks volumes of the strength in depth that Pellegrini has within his squad that a summer purchase as valuable as Negredo can tail off in form, yet the resources are still on hand for the club to continue impressing in front of goal.

Liverpool are assured the Premier League title if they can win their remaining five fixtures, with the visit of second-place Chelsea coming in just two weeks' time.

And though "The Beast" has sent a warning shot of his own ahead of the clash, Pellegrini will be well aware of the scoring talents that Rodgers has under his command, namely Luis Suarez and the in-form Daniel Sturridge.

Rodgers will be relying on the pair, dubbed "SAS" (Sturridge and Suarez), to deliver the goods when it matters most, the hallmark of any truly great attacking partnership.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Daniel Sturridge (R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammates Luis Suarez (C) and Raheem Sterling (L) after scoring his team's third goal as dejected Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard looks on during the Barclays Premier Le
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The lines haven't been drawn this tightly for Liverpool in quite some time, and one can bet that Manchester City aren't ready to relinquish their bid for the trophy just yet.

Negredo may not even be a part of the starting XI upon travelling to Anfield this Sunday, but at least he's going about his preparation in the right manner.