Manchester City hosts Liverpool on Thursday at the Etihad Stadium in a match that is of interest to City and every other premier league teams that have watched Liverpool suddenly remain unbeaten since the begin of this season.
A win for Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium means the Reds will extend their lead on the table by 10 points and this will obviously mean that City will remain third on the table as Tottenham will maintain their second position.
No doubt, the second-leg at Etihad will be one of Pep Guardiola’s biggest test as a manager, as he obviously need to prove to club owners that City could rise to the occasion and reduce the points between them and an almost run-away Liverpool in a moment like this.
Unfortunately, Pep’s toughest opponent as a manager is Jurgen Klopp, both managers have met 13 times with the former Dortmund manager winning 6 times while Pep won 5 times, on two occasions it ended in a draw.
Pep whose side have scored more goals (54) than any other premier league side this season will be looking forward to shock their visitors despite knowing fully well that Liverpool have also improved in their scoring streak after they lashed Arsenal 5-1 in their last match.
Their last meeting at Anfield ended in a goalless draw with City losing a last minute penalty that would have probably given them an advantage ahead of their second meeting, no thanks to Mahrez who lost that vital spot kick.
For Pep and all the fans at Etihad Stadium, City need to set the bar for bringing this winning streak to an end, and the burden of achieving this is heavily placed on the shoulder of Pep Guardiola, who well understands that its time to live up to expectation.