Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has attempted to play down Sunday’s crunch clash with Manchester City.
Speaking to Sky Sports he said. “For me, it’s 100 per cent a ‘want to win game’ – with all I have. I’ve never understood ‘must-win’ games because that doesn’t change the chances.”
The 52-year-old German surely knows this weekend’s clash is the biggest of the season and the Reds need all three points at Anfield.
Here are three reasons why Liverpool need to beat City:
Last season’s games against Manchester City proved vital in the Premier League title race. Pep Guardiola’s side eventually won the league by one point and their performances against the Reds proved pivotal. Liverpool failed to win against City at home or away picking up just one point from a possible six.
You can pick out any of the points dropped as crucial last season but none more apparent than against your biggest rivals and eventual title winners City.
A win this weekend and Liverpool become massive favourites for the title. Until we beat City the majority will believe they’ll somehow peg us back down the road. The Reds need to beat City and prove to ourselves, as well as to everyone else, that we are the Premier League’s front runners.
No longer are Liverpool the plucky underdogs, we are the favourites capable of beating the world’s best teams.
Although it is very early in the season a nine-point gap at the top would be very significant. As good as Manchester City are such a point gap would make Liverpool difficult to catch. The Reds simply don’t look like dropping nine more points until the end of the season. Even if we did Pep Guardiola’s men wold have to perfect until May, something that also looks quite unlikely.
A win and nine-point lead puts one hand on the Premier League trophy and bring us one step closer to scenes like you see in the above image. Anything other than a win and it is still game-on for both teams.