Manchester City will aim to prove a point to Liverpool during tonight’s Premier League encounter.
City’ s defeat by Chelsea saw Liverpool crowned champions last week but the Blues will hope to show Jurgen Klopp that they will be back stronger next season.
City are looking to consolidate second place after both Leicester and Chelsea dropped points against Everton and West Ham respectively on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed City will give Klopp’s men a guard of honour prior to kick-off at the Etihad Stadium.
As always, pundits have given their prediction for the top of the table clash.
According to Charlie Nicolas, Sky Sports:
“Liverpool are Premier League champions and congratulations to them. They have been outstanding in every area.
“What we will see in this game is an open game of football. It should suit Liverpool to go head-to-head with Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne has been the star – he played an hour against Arsenal after tearing them apart and then the same with Newcastle, so he could be rested. His form has just continued.
“City will not try to beat Liverpool to prove a point. They will build for the semi-final of the FA Cup and the Champions League when it comes around. Raheem Sterling has been scoring and playing better, which is the same as Riyad Mahrez. David Silva has been playing well as always. It will be one of these enjoyable matches.
“The goals have been few and far between since the break, but the two sides respect each other, the way they want the ball and use the ball, and that is why they will be happy to go head-to-head. The champions will not be embarrassed by having a low percentage of the ball, but they will use the ball superbly when they get it. There will be some magical players on show and I think we will get just that sort of game.“