Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge in Liverpool training


The Premier League returns this weekend after an FA Cup hiatus with a heavyweight clash between Liverpool and Manchester City while Arsenal can not afford to be cut adrift in the race for Champions League places. "When you look at their results, their form, the team they have got and the belief in the camp, it has got to be their best opportunity".

Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for a record fourth time in succession as Manchester City's dominant campaign continues.

Any team can beat any team at any time in the Premier League.

Three days prior to the game City lost 4-0 in the League Cup to Liverpool and things got worse when Ian Rush and Jamie Redknapp scored in the first five minutes of the league fixture.

A hostile reception is likely to lie in wait once more for the England worldwide, who has made tremendous strides under Guardiola and scored 18 goals in 29 matches this season. Going to any of the top four away from home is hard. After all, Klopp's Liverpool used to overwhelm City with their speed.

Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk was also in training as he prepared to make his league bow for his new club.

A feature of the first half was Mohammed Salah combining with Roberto Firminio in an effort to turn Nicolas Otamendi inside out, and pierce the City back line.

However, given Pep's record of league titles, three each with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it's no secret that the Premier League remains his main priority.

Since then, Klopp has witnessed his team play 18 matches with 11 wins and seven draws being registered during that period. It's worth noting that this game could very well be postponed.

On this occasion, it was City who took a two-goal lead but again the Reds prevailed.

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'They have two choices: follow what you said or follow me. The more obdurate opponents have combined defensive resolve with some attacking intent: Bristol City, who defended in two banks of four and broke with pace in Tuesday's EFL Cup semifinal, are a case in point. Stoke City has the league's worst road record at 1-7-3 to go along with a -17 goal differential on the road.

City had no problem winning at Old Trafford in their earlier matchup, but for Jose Mourinho, there would be few things sweeter than playing spoiler for his crosstown nemesis. "I do think he is going to make that big a difference". I understand completely, but it is not the first time he's been back.

In a usual season they would be in the title shake-up (their 44 points at this stage would have put them top in 2015/16), but given City's dominance, they are having to settle for a position amongst the also-rans in the race for the Champions League spots. Barring a stunning road loss on January 23, that'll be one final place booked-with a date for the trophy against Chelsea or Arsenal looming in late February. Don't expect any stunners there.