Liverpool vs. Manchester City - The Fixture That Could Decide the Title Race

Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Matt Biggin
Matt Biggin

published 11:53, 02 February 2024

There are plenty of great Premier League fixtures still to come this season, but perhaps the most defining match-up is set to be league leaders Liverpool hosting reigning champions Manchester City.

The fixture, due to take place March 10th, is set to be the defining fixture of this Premier League campaign, and could well have the most prominent bearing yet on the title race this season.

The Reds head into this fixture top of the Premier League, and with a brilliant home record against their great rivals.

Liverpool have a formidable home record against their rivals, with the Cityzens winning just once at Anfield since 2003, with a 4-1 victory coming in the 2020-21 season, where an injury-ravaged Liverpool side had Jordan Henderson and Fabinho played in central defence.

Liverpool’s Great Home Record

With this in mind, Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are once again plagued by injuries, will head into this fixture in high spirits. As the in-form team in the league, Liverpool are one of the bookies favourites to clinch the Premier League title this season, and the decisive fixture at Anfield could decide this season’s title race. 

Live Premier League football is among the most popular sporting occasions in the world, and in the modern football era, Liverpool vs. Man City ranks as one of the leading fixtures. According to stats from the Guardian, the same fixture last season attracted around 20 million viewers worldwide, and this season should see a similar figure. 

The two clubs lead the charts in terms of xG for the season, with Man City posting 2.16 xG to Liverpool’s 2.15 xG and this is likely to remain the case heading into the crunch tie at Anfield. This is one of the first seasons in a long while in which the Premier League has seen a Premier League title race involving more than two teams, as Liverpool, Man City, and Arsenal battle for the biggest domestic honour available. 

Who Will Win?

Figuring out who is more likely to win the fixture is, of course, a lottery at this stage, but there is reason to be optimistic for Liverpool fans, who will be buoyed by their excellent home form, as well as their record against City at Anfield. Liverpool have not lost a match at home since October 2022, when they lost to Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United.

Over the past five or six seasons, Liverpool and Manchester City have been the two sides who have really duked it out for supremacy, and this is a great fixture to showcase this.

Whilst league form and position, along with their long-standing home record versus City, should make Liverpool slight favourites, especially when you consider that City’s Champions League defence could impact lineups and league form, but this is a season in which anything can happen.

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