Liverpool vs. Manchester City has become the biggest game in English football. The two clubs have pulled away from the pack to battle it out for the major honours and Sunday's clash at Anfield promises to have a huge impact on the Premier League title race. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, champions of Europe, go into the game with a six point lead over City at the top of the table, having made an unbeaten start to the 2019-20 season. Only Manchester United have been able to take points off Liverpool so far this term, drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford last month.

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Man City, who completed a domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season, have made a shaky start to this campaign, surprisingly losing to Norwich and Wolves, but they travel to Anfield knowing that a win will move them to within three points of Liverpool and potentially inflict a major psychological blow on Klopp's men. However, a defeat could set Liverpool on their way to a first top flight title since 1990.

So where will the game be won and lost? And what are the key issues, not only for the 90 minutes, but the title race as a whole?

Liverpool have raced clear after winning 10 of their 11 games, scoring 25 goals and conceding nine. City, meanwhile, have won eight, drawn one and lost two of their 11 games, but their firepower has seen them hit 34 goals, with 10 conceded at the other end. Within that run, City recorded their biggest-ever top division victory with an 8-0 defeat of Watford at the Etihad w88 mobile .

Injuries have hit City harder than Liverpool, who won every game in the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the Brazilian's two-month spell on the sidelines with a calf injury. By contrast, at the Etihad, the long-term loss of centre-half Aymeric Laporte with a knee ligament injury has been compounded by defender John Stones also missing a large chunk of the season so far. He's back now, which is good news for Pep Guardiola's defensive options, but City's No. 1 keeper, Ederson, is a serious doubt for the clash after coming off with a thigh injury at half-time during the team's 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League this week, leaving backup Claudio Bravo (and hopefully not Kyle Walker) to slot in.

But the story of the title race has been Liverpool's ability to score crucial goals in the dying stages of games. Without late winners against Leicester and Aston Villa, and a point-saving goal by Adam Lallana at Manchester United, it would be a different story. Indeed, what the Reds have demonstrated this season is that they've learned how to win even when they're trailing, even when they're not playing at their peak. But it's their newfound mettle that impresses most: 10 of their 31 points this season have been won after going behind, including seven in their last three games (against Man United, Spurs and Villa). You can't count out Klopp's men until the final whistle blows.

The obvious answer is that both teams need the win, for different reasons, but the reality is that City simply cannot lose. The prospect of falling nine points behind Liverpool would feel like a decisive blow in their attempt to win a third successive title.

Bigger leads than nine points have been overturned in the Premier League, but Liverpool are looking so formidable this season that it would take a major collapse for them to concede such a healthy advantage. It's hyperbole to say this match could decide the title, but it's about as big as it comes for a clash in the first half of the season. City simply can't afford to lose, but a win to close the gap to three points would shatter Liverpool's aura of invincibility and jump-start the title race w88 line .

No team exploits home advantage quite like Liverpool. Just ask Barcelona about the power of Anfield following their 4-0 destruction in last season's Champions League semifinal second-leg. Liverpool have gone 45 games without a Premier League defeat at Anfield, a run which stretches back to a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace in April 2017.

City came close to ending that streak 13 months ago, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty during last season's 0-0 draw, but Anfield is unquestionably a major element of Liverpool's armoury in the title race. The home crowd motivates their team like few others and Klopp and his players have tapped into their relationship with the supporters to make Anfield a unique environment in the Premier League.

And just to hammer home the difficulty of winning at Liverpool, City have a miserable record at Anfield. They have not won there since May 2003 and have been beaten on 15 of their 22 Premier League visits to the stadium. They also lost a Champions League quarterfinal at Liverpool in 2018.

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