Liverpool versus Manchester City is now the biggest game in football.
The Reds beat City 3-1 in a fiery affair at Anfield last weekend.
It was a game filled with high quality, drama and a fair bit of spite.
This rivalry has become the biggest in football but exactly how did we get here?
Liverpool have been chasing Manchester City for years
Liverpool have been hot on the heels of City since we infamously let it slip during the 2013-14 Premier League title race. The Reds have since been pushing our mega-rich rivals as much as possible but have mostly fell short. A true rivalry never caught fire because as good as both teams where it was always obvious City were the better team. However, that all changed last season.
Champions of Europe
The Reds lifted an impressive sixth European Cup last year. Since Sheikh Mansour came to Manchester the Champions League has been a massive goal of theirs. So far, they have been unable to get past the competitions quarter final stage.
Not only did Liverpool win this trophy we also pushed the Blues all the way in the league. One defeat all season and a club-record 97 points achieved. No longer where Liverpool plucky underdogs, we are the Champions of Europe capable of competing on all fronts. The scene had been set for a massive rivalry during the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Whilst you can build a rivalry on competition the best rivalries have a certain level of spite to them. England international Raheem Sterling left Liverpool to join Manchester City back in 2015 and the Reds fans have never forgiven him.
Every chance we get Sterling is booed and jeered. Some say too much. I say just enough. The 24-year-old was on the wrong side of the result last weekend and wasn’t happy with ex-teammate Joe Gomez, leading to the club rivalry spilling over during England’s training camp. The Sterling transfer saga adds a certain level of spice that all the biggest rivals in history have had.
Europe’s elite struggling to keep up
The English duo have set a phenomenal standard which everyone else simply can’t deal with. Liverpool are now ranked the top team in Europe by Euro Club Index and Manchester City are just behind us in second.
All the other top teams around Europe are currently playing catch-up. The Premier League has become a two-horse race in recent years with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all way off the pace. La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona aren’t the force they used to be.
The domestic domination of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich is not translating to Champions League football. All of this means Liverpool versus Manchester City will be the biggest game you’ll see in Europe this season.