Joey Barton: Manchester City can break unwanted record against Liverpool

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In terms of the defence, £75 million has been spent on Van Dijk in an attempt to shore up this long-running issue.

"Sometimes you try things and they come off".

"We still have tough teams away, there is still a lot of things to do". He left United in 2014 as a club legend having won five Premier League titles.

They are unbeaten since the defeat to Tottenham at Wembley in October however and have won twelve of their last 17 games. "The records are there to be broken".

The transfer of Coutinho from Liverpool was inevitable because Barcelona and Real Madrid always get their man as they remain the two clubs whose offers can not be refused.

However, City have a poor record at Anfield, having not won at the historic ground since May 2003 - nearly 15 years ago. But that is a reality now. It's really about extra motivation maximising that approach, to properly get into City.

They thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad early in the season. But Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, even without the departed Philippe Coutinho, are unlikely to hold back at Anfield, where the home crowd will demand they take the game to City. "You still have Firmino, Salah, Mane - I mean, this is not a bad front three", he said.

"They would grind out results, grind out results", Quinn said of Arsenal.

Captain Jordan Henderson could come back into the set-up, while Georginio Wijnaldum may retain his place in the three.

Instead, I fancy the points to be shared - and with the attacking output on both sides, I think we could see a thriller.

"The money they've got from Barcelona allows them to build a better and more cohesive team".

His incredible match-winning goal aside, Van Dijk bossed the defensive line for the Reds and appeared to be the imposing unit at the back Liverpool have been desperately crying out for. Start your seven-day free trial now on Amazon Channels. To have two lads playing from the same neck of the woods in a Premier League game was great. It looks good - he wears football boots, that is always a good sign.

"And I remember an unbelievable save by Peter Schmeichel from Milan Baros at the Anfield Road End when it was 1-1". Defending champions Leeds 1969 would lose to the Everton that deposed them that same campaign, 19 years before an Everton who were themselves defending champions would claim a 1-0 riposte against a rampant Liverpool well on route to the league.

Then there's Liverpool unbeaten run at Anfield to consider.

One man who could make the difference for Manchester City is Raheem Sterling.