Five talking points ahead of Manchester City's title showdown with Liverpool

Five talking points ahead of Manchester City's title showdown with Liverpool

"We want to grow like a club so we have to play these kinds of games with the pressure it means", he said.

"We shouldn't focus too much on points at the moment, we know if we can play to our potential we know we are a good team", Kompany told Man City's official website.

Liverpool go into 2019 seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, having conceded just eight league goals this season, while playing some of the best soccer in Europe.

Guardiola insists City will keep fighting for the Premier League title no matter what happens on Thursday evening.

Despite City boss Pep Guardiola calling the Reds "maybe the best team in the world right now" and suggesting that his side's title defence might be over if they don't win at the Etihad, Collymore isn't convinced. Les Parisiens have also played just 17 games and have 47 points, well on course to break the century by the end of the season and would now push Liverpool down to second.

Champions City host top-of-the-table Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League this week, in the most eagerly-anticipated clash of the season so far.

Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal. I'd still have Pep Guardiola's men down as my favourites to win the title. We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be courageous, full of desire, angry - all that stuff, like in all the other games.

The Argentinian has scored six goals in his 13 league appearances against Liverpool down the years, and has always proved a handful with his speed and strength, as well as his clinical eye for goal. "We're in a good position just now but it's about continuing that and trying to build on every game that we play". The picture has changed dramatically since, with City losing three times in the space of four games in December to cede the initiative to Liverpool.

"They will be seven points behind if they draw that".

The first step towards dealing with any distressing situation is accepting it, and, in this case, the best way to do that is knowing that it could have been a lot worse - they could have won it in 2014.

City had a golden chance to win the first Premier League meeting between the two sides this season at Anfield, but Riyad Mahrez skied a late penalty and it finished goalless. It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'.

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