Manchester City vs Liverpool: Five reasons why Pep Guardiola’s side will beat Jurgen Klopp’s men to the Premier League title

Here’s the thing: Liverpool have made the best start to a Premier League season in the club’s history, with 54 points from a possible 60 and an unbeaten record after 20 games.

With a record like that, they should, in theory, run away with the title.

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Will Pep Guardiola be smiling come May?

But here’s why Manchester City will retain their Premier League crown and continue the Reds’ endless wait for top-flight glory.

1. Seven points could become four on Thursday – and that’s nothing

Despite three defeats in four games, including shock losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester, City could still find themselves just four points adrift of Liverpool with victory on Thursday night.

Given Liverpool have enjoyed their best ever start and City are supposedly crumbling, that really isn’t a big margin.

2. Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are back

Injuries can change the dynamic of a title race. Liverpool have been incredibly fortunate thus far, while Man City certainly haven’t.

They are better suited to deal with the loss of a big player than Liverpool: prolonged injuries to Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk would spell panic at Anfield.

But City have managed to stay in touch despite their injury crisis, and once De Bruyne and Aguero are firing on all cylinders, expect them to be unstoppable once more.

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City have been without two of their star players for much of the season

3. Man City know the drill

Pep Guardiola has a squad full of players who have been there and done it.

In fact, they’ve been in this exact scenario before, when they overtook Liverpool to seal the 2014 title despite the Reds being overwhelming favourites.

They’ve had their wobble now, whereas Liverpool are yet to experience a crisis of any sort.

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Vincent Kompany and co. have been here before

4. Liverpool struggle to get over the line

Conversely, Liverpool really don’t know how to get the job done at all.

Only twice in the last ten years has a team failed to win the Premier League after being top at Christmas… and it was Liverpool both times (2008/09 and 2013/14).

We all remember Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip as Brendan Rodgers’ grip on the title began to loosen, and Jurgen Klopp faces the ominous-looking visit of Chelsea during his team’s run-in.

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Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip helped gift the title to City in 2013
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5. Even Jurgen Klopp fancies Man City

“Only City can stop City to be honest. We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible,” Klopp said.

And he’s right. On their day, nobody can stop City, not even one of the best Liverpool teams in the club’s history. They just have too much quality.

That said, if the Reds were to win on Thursday night and stretch their lead to ten points, I’m sure Klopp would change his tune.

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