Liverpool versus Manchester City to close out the calendar year along with the first half of the Premier League season, and with a potential shot at the title on the line. It’s about as big as a league game can get at this point in the campaign.
And with two sides both known for their attacking prowess as well as the occasional defensive frailty, it promises entertainment in a way matches against the likes or Chelsea or Manchester United might not. And it has Jürgen Klopp feeling fired up.
“If I wasn’t sat on the bench, I’d buy a ticket, 100%,” Klopp noted at today’s pre-match press conference. “It’s very big for both. When you have a look at the table and see that six clubs fight for fourth or first, it’s a really interesting position.”
Liverpool are currently six points back of Chelsea, while City are seven off the pace. Both know they need a win to keep pace with the league leaders, who face off against a Stoke City side Liverpool just got done thrashing to the tune of 4-1.
All out attack, two sides that on paper appear strong but flawed, and knowing anything less than three points will deal a blow to their title hopes. And with the match being played at Anfield, Liverpool might just have a slim edge.
“There aren’t a lot of advantages before the game,” Klopp added. “The only real advantage for us is that it’s at Anfield. We should try to use this advantage. We are obviously not in the worst shape, but unfortunately Man City aren’t either.
“That means it will be really difficult for both teams. I’m really looking forward to it because we all love playing against the best and they are for sure in the group of the best teams in the world. I’m happy to have the opportunity.”