Manchester City edged a close Premier League title race last season, finishing just one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
It was Man City’s second league title in a row, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking to become just the third team to win three English top-flight titles in a row since the Second World War, joining Manchester United (twice) and Liverpool.
But Man City currently sit six points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and face an uphill task to catch Jurgen Klopp’s men, with injuries not being kind on Guardiola and Co in recent weeks.
Already Man City have had to field the likes of Fernandinho and Rodri in defence due to absentees John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte – with the latter out until the New Year.
And they may have been handed another setback with Rodri limping off in Man City’s Champions League win over Atalanta due to a hamstring injury which may well rule him out for the next few weeks.
However, Man City have already slightly clawed back some ground on Liverpool with the Reds boasting an eight-point lead going into last weekend. But Klopp’s men were held 1-1 by Manchester United to drop points for the first time this season.
The draw saw Liverpool struggling to break down a stubborn defence as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino failed to inspire in the absence of Mohamed Salah. Adam Lallana scored a late goal to rescue a draw, but questions were raised over Liverpool’s reliance on their front three.
Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur next in the Premier League and will be looking to bounce back from their dropped points to continue their reign atop the table. But can Man City catch up?
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