KickOff.com previews Sunday's titanic Premier League tussle between top scorers Liverpool and Manchester City
Posted: 12 January 2018 Time: 14:47
Goals, goals and more goals are promised at Anfield on Sunday as the Premier League’s top two scorers lock horns, with Liverpool hosting Manchester City in a titanic top-flight tussle.
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.
The Citizens lead the way not only in terms of points earned but also in goals scored after firing home on 64 separate occasions this term, spearheading their undefeated run in the English top-flight and current 15-point lead at the summit.
The Reds, meanwhile, may have bagged 14 goals less than their upcoming opponents but still have five more than the third most lethal attack in the league, Manchester United.
For City, Sunday’s match offers the chance to rubber-stamp their billing as Premier League title favourites and head into the match on the back of successive cup wins, having seen off Burnley in the FA Cup before shooting down Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
However, a shocking statistic shows that the Manchester club have not recorded a single victory at Anfield in an astonishing 14 years, having lost 15 of their last 20 encounters against the Merseysiders, with their last win coming way back in May 2003.
Liverpool, meanwhile, find themselves on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, shooting down Swansea City, Leicester City and Burnley in the league before pipping Everton in the FA Cup third round last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will, however, have to do it without talisman Philippe Coutinho, who completed his proposed move to Barcelona last the weekend, leaving the Reds with a gaping hole where their star forward used to be.
However, the Brazil international's exit may not be as bad as fans fear, having not featured for the Reds' last two victories, while also only bagging seven Premier League goals this term.
That tally pales in comparison to the club's current top scorer Mohamed Salah, who has 17 top-flight goals this term to sit just one behind Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race.
And that's not even mentioning Roberto Firmino, who himself has nine goals and four assists to his name in 2017/18, leaving the Reds' striking department well stocked.
And, with a capacity Anfield crowd expected to rock the stadium to its foundations this weekend, the ingredients are all their for a Premier League classic on Sunday.