Although, Jurgen Klopp has described the game as the hardest in the world. His assertion is very correct because only one of the last 10 league meetings between City and Liverpool has been won by the visiting side.
As he is well aware of the challenge facing his players, the German tactician will want to do all within his capacity to get result at the Etihad.
Guardiola on the other hand is on eight games runs after the 5-2 defeat against Leicester on this ground. The Spaniard will be delighted with the return of Gabriel Jesus who also scored during the week in the UEFA Champions League.
This is a test of character between a team that want to defend its title and a team that wants to claim it.
Five points currently separates both sides, with Liverpool occupying the second spot having returned to the summit for the first time last week courtesy of a 2-1 win over West and 2-1 loss of Everton at Newcastle.
Both teams are also on 100 percent record in the UEFA Champions League having won three out of three.
Liverpool could appear more confident going into this clash after mauling the high-scoring side, Atalanta 5-0 away from home. They are also on a run of six games since shipping in 7 goals at Aston Villa.
The men in charge each have welcome “problems” to think about in attack, too.
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Guardiola will be back to have striker Jesus make just a second Premier League start of the season, while Sergio Aguero, Benjamin Mendy, and Fernandinho remain out.
Liverpool on the other hand can welcome back defender Joel Matip, who has missed the last two games through injury.
Naby Keita could be in the starting line up as well after returning in Tuesday’s Champions League win while Thiago Alcantara is still sidelined.
It is ex-ectyed that in-form forward, Diogo Jota will start ahead of Roberto Firmino again. Although Firmino brings mor assist to the table, as his job always been about more than scoring himself.
A win would see Liverpool gain eight point gap over City while a defeat will see their point cur off to two.
It’s therefore too close to call, too early to tell…..and too good to miss!