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Liverpool v Manchester City live Barclays Premier League 2013-14

Liverpool v Manchester City live Barclays Premier League 2013-14 Photo: TT

In a crucial top-of-the-table encounter, Liverpool will host Manchester City on Sunday evening in the English Premier League at Anfield in Liverpool.

The home side are well placed to pick up their first Premier League crown since 1990 under the guidance of manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Merseyside team displaced Chelsea from the top of the league standings last month and have been perched there ever since with 74 points from 33 games. However, rivals Manchester City are a mere four points below them in the third position having played two games less.

Captain Steven Gerrard scored two penalties in last weekend’s 2-1 win against West Ham United in an unusually quiet game for strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. The duo has been in scintillating form in front of goal this season and are the top two scorers in the Premier League. They have been responsible for 49 of the 90 Liverpool goals this season. The Reds have won their last nine matches and have scored 14 goals in their last four.

The home side will be keen to overturn the 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Citizens in the return fixture earlier in the season.

The away team is also in the middle of an excellent season. The Citizens have not lost in their last six matches in the Premier League. At the Etihad Stadium last weekend, City defeated Southampton 4-1 with goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. Midfielder Toure is also in a great form for this team, having scored five goals in his last four matches. He is also the third leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

Both teams are in a free-scoring form at the moment and this match could well turn out to be a title decider. An away win for Manchester City in this game will propel them to within touching distance of the league leaders and will blow the three-horse race wide open. However, a win for the home side will take them seven points clear of City and make them the front-runner to clinch the crown.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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