Premier League matchweek 23: Staff picks and predictions

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

City also now hold a massive 15 point lead over their closest title challengers Manchester United in the race to be crowned champions.

Coutinho or not, Liverpool have a great recent record against City at Anfield, winning their last four meetings on Merseyside, and going undefeated since 2003.

Moreno was Liverpool's first choice LB before getting injured.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, Pep Guardiola is determined to land the 24-year-old who he sees as the long term replacement for Fernandinho.

"We know City's quality, we know that they're running away with [the league], but I think, on their day, Liverpool can match anybody", McAteer told the Liverpool website. "If you can get in-between the lines and at the two centre-halves, which I feel we can, then there are chances and goals there". Certainly when you look at the teams they compete with on a week to week basis, it's a competitive league.

The Red Devils are now in second place in the Premier League table as they look to try and get as close to Manchester City as possible.

The Reds have had a busy January transfer window so far with Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona and Virgil Van Dijk set to make his Premier League debut for the club this weekend.

City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said his team would just focus on their own performance. He came on Guardiola's radar when Shakthar inflicted the Citizens their only defeat this season in a Champions League group stages clash in early December.

Elsewhere, Tottenham host Stoke and Leicester are at Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.

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