Two clubs enter, one club leaves. The outcome will determine the well being of tens or even hundreds of thousands in the coming weeks. Or at least give one side control of its own destiny in the Premier League title chase. And Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is expecting Liverpool to give them their toughest test of the season.
"There's so much at stake in this game, but we remember the game at The Etihad," said Kompany, referring back to City's hard-fought 2-1 win in December when he appeared on Match of the Day over the weekend. "For me, they are the strongest team we've played this season, but then again it's a great, great challenge for us."
To say that nobody expected Liverpool to be in this position come April would be an understatement. To say that everybody expected City here is only fair. Yet when they visit Anfield on Sunday it will be to face a side seeking to secure their own glory rather than simply to undermine somebody else's, and most will be expecting fireworks.
The two most exciting, attacking sides in England—perhaps in all of European football even. Two squads to thrill the neutral and terrify fans of any side naive enough to think that they might be able to go blow for blow with the likes of Luis Suarez and Kun Aguero over the span of 90 minutes.
"Sturridge, Sterling, Coutinho, Gerrard," added Kompany. "They have a great squad and they're not there by luck. I think we have to be wary of their players."
Silva, Toure, Dzeko, Negredo. Should be a fun clash of attacking firepower between the two sides in England that nobody else can quite keep pace with.