In reality, it might not be the result that decides where the title lands this season, but as Liverpool prepare to welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday, this titular clash certainly feels like a Premier League classic in the making.
Two of the league’s highest-scoring attacks coming against each other—Sergio Aguero’s imminent return to the City side makes a potential personal battle with Luis Suarez a fascinating sideshow. Two of the league’s most prolific goal-scoring midfielders, Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure, in direct confrontation. And two of the league’s most enterprisingly attacking setups at a traditional cathedral of English football.
On the back of a nine-match winning run, Liverpool will enter the match with confidence arguably at an all-time high; their hard-fought 2-1 win showed the desire, fight and mentality that has been so sorely lacking from many a Reds in recent years. By contrast, City’s easy 4-1 dispatching of Southampton last week will have stood them in good stead as well.
Here’s our Liverpool lineup for Sunday’s clash at Anfield, in a 4-4-2 diamond formation to pack the numbers against a formidable City midfield. Enjoy and let us know your picks in the comments below.