After registering their first Premiership win since 1990, Liverpool travel to second-placed (and immediate former champions) Manchester City for their 32nd match of the season. The Reds beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in their last league match last Wednesday and were confirmed champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea a day later. City’s loss meant that Liverpool were unassailable with seven matches left to the end of the season.
Hosts Manchester City are eight points ahead of closest rivals Leicester FC and a win over Liverpool will bring them closer to the honorable second-place finish. The Citizens go into this match after two wins in three matches since the league resumed from the Covid-19 break. They had earlier beaten Arsenal 3-0 and Burnley 5-0 before falling at Stamford Bridge. Most recently, Pep Guardiola’s team beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter finals to progress to the penultimate round where they are set to play Arsenal as they inch closer to bagging a treble after winning the EFL Cup. They also beat Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 games and if they make it all the way to the end in these games, they stand a great chance of adding three fresh pieces of silverware to their trophy cabinet. In the home league, they are bidding for the next best slot in the Premier League table standings as the season draws to a close.
Visitors Liverpool drew 0-0 with Everton in their opening match after lockdown before recovering to beat tenth-placed side Crystal Palace 4-0. The win over the Eagles was Liverpool’s second victory in three league games and their eighth in the last ten matches.
Jurgen Klopp’s team travels to Manchester City on the back of two victories, two draws and two losses in their last six head to head matches since 2017. They are up against a Sky Blue side that has a great winning record of 11 out of 15 home matches. But Liverpool have registered eight wins in their last 10 away matches although they may need to exercise extreme caution as they have only won six times in 25 league matches hosted by Manchester City.
Having already been confirmed champions, Liverpool will have nothing to play for in this match but pride. We still expect Klopp to field some of his finest men even as he gives the opportunity to fringe players to showcase their talent. Manchester City, on the other hand, are still hopeful of a second-place finish and manager Pep Guardiola will be keen not to drop the ball in these final games. We predict an evenly-balanced game, but we also expect goals by both opponents leading to a total of more than 2.5 goals by the end of the match.