EPL: Liverpool back to winning ways and back on top

EPL: Liverpool back to winning ways and back on top

Sarri says City's patient approach was rewarded, with City's remarkable title success last season built on recruitment and following Guardiola's approach.

Their victory over Everton sent them to top of the Premier League table, though they have played a game more than Liverpool. Chelsea emerged victorious 2-0 over the defending champions when the two sides met earlier at Stamford Bridge in December. Sarri will be hoping for more of the same as we enter the business end of the season.

With Manchester United breathing down their necks in 5, Chelsea and Sarri know just how crucial a positive result against City could be in the race for a top 4, and a UEFA Champions League spot.

Manchester City have only scored four goals in their last five Premier League matches against Chelsea.

"Somebody forgot to tell Mo Salah that he wasn't supposed to be so good again." .

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged his players to give "every fibre of their bodies" in the battle for the Premier League title.

This upcoming league game will be stressful to watch as a fan of either team, as it is likely to be a close encounter between two sides who will both try and play attacking football. On that note, Pep is desperate to get his charges in the right frame of mind.

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"This is a real final for us this weekend. We want to play convincing football, we want to perform and that was the reaction we wanted to show". Since Benjamin Mendy is travelling around Europe with a knee injury, Aymeric Laporte, who scored against Everton, should start at left-back.

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Equal on points, but a position behind their title-challengers, Man City on goal difference. The Italian, however, is under no illusions as to the task facing them this Sunday.

Klopp's team returned to winning ways after back-to-back 1-1 draws which had allowed Manchester City to overtake them in the standings. So, I think on Sunday it will be the same. In six matches since, they've dropped seven points from 18 on offer and shipped eight goals, keeping just a solitary clean sheet in a nervy 1-0 win over Brighton.

And there is already the prospect of another game at Wembley Stadium in the Carabao Cup Final in just two weeks time. Ross Barkley and Willian also impressed against the Terriers, and could feature again, while Antonio Rudiger looks set to return to the side in place of Andreas Christensen. Meanwhile, club captain Vincent Kompany remains sidelined. Technically there is nothing better in Europe, so it will be really hard to be in control of the match, but I think that is the area that will decide the game, more than the strikers.

"We are used to having the ball and possession so, on Sunday, it will be very different".

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