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Man City face Anfield test as they chase down the invincibles

13 January 2018, 05:44 | Sandy Nunez

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Merseyside is the scene for the upcoming encounter between runaway leaders City and top-four hopefuls Liverpool, who between them have bagged an astonishing 114 goals after 22 league matches this season.

"[Sturridge] is back in training, healthy and on the way to be fit again".

Although Barton acknowledges Liverpool have lost a "fantastic player" following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Barton thinks that if the £142m is spent wisely, Jurgen Klopp could end up with a better balanced team.

"When Phil wasn't playing in the team for some games we still played great football and we have still incredible players who can score goals - the likes of Mo [Salah], Sadio [Mané], Roberto [Firmino], everyone else".

This time they will have Virgil van Dijk in their way with the Liverpool defender set to make his Premier League debut after his move from Southampton. An early goal and a whirlwind start already saw the reds up against it, but Sadio Mane's sending off took away Liverpool's biggest threat and gave City the space they needed. On paper this has the making of a classic - two teams who love to attack and play soccer with great intensity.

Despite the slight hiccup in Crystal Palace, Man City, the dominant favorite on the EPL championship odds, still holds a commanding 15-point lead over second place Manchester United on the English Premier League table and has more goals for (64) and less goals against (13) per match than any other club.

Liverpool boast an array of exciting attacking talent but Klopp will have to find a way of knitting it together in the absence of the departed Brazilian. When I look at the fixtures they have left the trip to Anfield is their biggest test.

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"We just try to do the things we do good and then we will see what happens".

Accompanied by a picture of the two players in Liverpool shirts with arms around each other, the message said: "Liverpool is no longer the same without the magical bro, I wish the infinite success for you, that you enjoy life".

There is no suggestion that home-grown Kane is agitating for a move, with the club on the verge of moving to a new stadium but Levy sounds confident he can keep the circling sharks at bay.

"City's record at Anfield over the years is not that surprising because for most of those years Liverpool simply had a better team".

"We know it's possible", Klopp said. A brace against Arsenal earned a vital victory at the start of December, while Lingard also bagged the victor at West Brom, rescued a point against Burnley and helped secure all three at Everton - not to mention his late goal in a 2-0 win over Derby in the FA Cup to ensure United avoided a replay in an already packed fixture list.

Monday: Manchester United v Stoke City (10pm).

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