Manchester City vs Liverpool prediction: Premier League fixture is the biggest game of the season and former players are split on who will win but one thing is certain April 8, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

The biggest game of the season is just days away, as Liverpool travel to Manchester City for what is being labelled a Premier League title decider.

So, what better way to whet your appetite for Sunday than get some City and Liverpool legends and pundits to reveal how they think it will go at the Etihad Stadium. Take it away, lads…

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Managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp will lock horns this weekend

Trevor Sinclair | Played 98 times for Manchester City

“It’s a huge game at the Etihad. I’m confident but it’s one of those games where obviously the atmosphere is going to be electric,” he told talkSPORT.

“I said six months ago that this is the biggest rivalry in English in football. Full stop. 

“And then people go, ‘No, it’s Manchester United.’ Forget about it, this is the biggest rivalry in English football right now and it has been for the last two, three or four years.” 

Neil Mellor | Liverpool striker between 2002 and 2006

“Both teams will look at it and think, ‘We can’t lose this one’, but both will approach it trying to win the game,” he told talkSPORT. 

“Both certainly won’t be cautious, I think both teams will be brave and it will be a case of who’s more clinical in the final third when those opportunities come.

“For Liverpool, there’s a number of options, so the question will be, ‘Who’s your front three?’ It’s a big call for the manager at the weekend. 


Salah hasn’t quite been on top form of late and hasn’t scored a Premier League goal from open play since the start of January

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Salah hasn’t quite been on top form of late and hasn’t scored a Premier League goal from open play since the start of January

“But there’s plenty of competition for places which is good news for Liverpool at this stage of the season.” 

Danny Murphy | Ex-Liverpool midfielder

“It’s tossing a coin basically,” Murphy told talkSPORT. 

“You’d probably make City favourites – just – in the fact that they’re at home. 

“But with Liverpool’s form at the minute, they are capable of going there and winning. 

“We could hypothesise all day about what might be, but the game will be won on a moment of brilliance. It’ll be won with a moment of magic. 

“I’m sure it’ll be won due to an outstanding bit of play from one of the wonderful players that we’ll be exposed to this weekend.” 

Guardiola’s side are currently top of the table

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Guardiola’s side are currently top of the table

When asked if he thought whoever wins the game at the Etihad Stadium will win the league, Murphy added: “Yeah, I think so. 

“I think if it’s a draw then it could still go either way because there’s always one bad performance in either team. 

“But I think if one beats the other, that would be a significant boost. A massive, massive boost.” 

Gabby Agbonlahor | Former Premier League striker

Kyle Walker coming back will be massive,” he told talkSPORT. 

“He’ll cover that half of the pitch. He’ll be like, ‘[Sadio] Mane, [Diogo] Jota, [Luis] Diaz, if any of you come over, I’m going to eat you up’. 

“Liverpool will probably just try and stay away from Walker because no one gets any change out of him. [Kylian] Mbappe couldn’t, Neymar couldn’t. 

Walker is set to be fit for the showdown in Manchester this weekend

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Walker is set to be fit for the showdown in Manchester this weekend

“I feel like Walker is just one of those players. Even in the Euros for England, how many times did he sprint back and sweep up? 

“So, to get him back in the team, I’ll put City favourites.” 

Wayne Rooney | Manchester United legend

Asked if the match would define the title race, he said: “It could do, yeah, because when you look at the two teams, I don’t think any of them will go for a point.

“I wish none of them was going to win it [the title] to be honest! It could go either way, Liverpool are on a great run of form as City are.

“For me, I think Liverpool can go to the Etihad and win.”

Rooney played for Liverpool and City’s bitter rivals Man United for 13 years, where he won the Premier League on five occasions

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Rooney played for Liverpool and City’s bitter rivals Man United for 13 years, where he won the Premier League on five occasions

Didi Hamann | Ex-Liverpool and Man City midfielder

“If you look at Liverpool in recent weeks I think they’ve got a swagger about them, they’ve got a confidence about them.

“Against Benfica they played a good first half then had an iffy, fragile half an hour, but they still found a way to score the third goal.

“Even though Klopp doesn’t say it, that probably does put the tie to bed and I just think that defensively they’re probably a bit more solid [than City].

“When you look at the attacking options, I just think that City only play one way. As we saw yesterday, Liverpool can score all sorts of goals and I really do think that Liverpool won’t get beat. 

“Whether it’s enough to win the league in the end remains to be seen because obviously if they do draw the game on Sunday it’s still not in their hands to win the league.

“But I’ve got to say that I quietly fancy Liverpool because, for me, there’s just not a better team around.”

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