Liverpool may be several points adrift of Manchester City in the Premier League table, but they will still believe they can pip them to the title.
The Reds are battling against City along with Chelsea for the prestigious trophy, as we enter the midway point of the campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are nine points behind Pep Guardiola’s leaders in third place, and one adrift of Chelsea who are second.
Liverpool have now completed half of their total league matches this term, but have played one game fewer than both Man City and Chelsea after their Boxing Day clash against Leeds United was postponed.
If Klopp’s men can win their game in hand that would leave them six points adrift of City, and considering they face each other at the Etihad Stadium in April, there’s still a chance of overcoming Guardiola’s side.
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It has been well publicised how difficult Liverpool could find winning games during January with three key players missing.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will all be away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Man City will not find it easy themselves.
For starters, they will also lose Riyad Mahrez who is set to represent Algeria in the competition being held in Cameroon.
While it may not be the same level as Liverpool losing three important players, it’s still a significant blow. Guardiola clearly boasts an array of attacking talent, but is also about to lose Ferran Torres who is joining Barcelona.
The next thing is the fixtures that await them over the next few weeks, particularly in January.
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An away trip to Arsenal is first up for them on New Year’s Day.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will not be present having tested positive for Covid-19, but they will still offer a tough test for Guardiola’s side having won their last five matches with an aggregate score of 19-2.
Next after that for Man City is Chelsea at home.
Thomas Tuchel and his players have not been in the best of form in recent weeks, but will hope to turn a corner once players start recovering from Covid and their respective injuries.
And then there’s a trip to Southampton , who actually held Man City to a goalless draw back in September.
While Man City will still be the favourites for all of these matches, it doesn’t mean that they will win all of them.
Yes, they are on a 10-game winning streak and show very few signs of slowing down.
But stranger things have happened in football.
Were Man City to drop points over the next few games, Liverpool would have to be there to take advantage when it matters most.