Before the season began, many expected City to win the Premier League and progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.
"I always think about alternatives".
Centre-back Dejan Lovren has not played for the senior team since January but played for the under-23 side in mid-week and is fit to start, likely joining Joël Matip in defence.
"Reality has struck now". If I knew somebody who could do it better I wouldn't be here.
James Milner sat down with Jamie Redknapp to discuss playing at left-back, why Liverpool need to have more self-belief, and lessons they have learnt from this season.
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But Hamann believes defensive diligence will be imperative for his old club at the Etihad Stadium if they are to prevent City's attacking riches from deciding the game.
A win for City could see them move four points clear of the Reds, with a game in hand, whilst Jürgen Klopp'smen have a chance to leapfrog City in the table and give their chances of Champions League qualification another massive boost. Right now they would settle for this.
Liverpool will be boosted by the knowledge that they are unbeaten in nine league encounters with the current top six sides this season and they have beat the Citizens in five of their last six meetings in the division.
Irrespective of the team, after Arsenal's capitulation at West Brom today, Liverpool now have a massive huge chance to consolidate a place in the top four. I don't think they [City] are going to win this weekend and I think Liverpool will get something from it.
Liverpool face Manchester City on Sunday, and ahead of the game, here is the confirmed team news so far. Few guys can beat me at that. Chelsea look so good - defensively very rigid and hard to break down. With goals galore scored for both teams this season and some possible defensive frailties, I can see both teams scoring over 2 goals. Realistically if City can pick up points in all three of the games, it's not a bad return. They are two completely different styles of play but two top-class teams.