2. The pressure to remain at the top and last-minute escapes can’t be repeated
Liverpool has every time faced pressure whenever they reached the top of the table, and in every instance, they have been left disappointed. One would argue this is different Liverpool in comparison to the Reds, which reached at the top in previous years.
However, last season’s heartbreak might affect them mentally, considering a lot is at stake during this fixture as mentioned above and in this process, Manchester City can capitalize through the pressure mounted over Liverpool.
Moreover, Liverpool has been fortunate enough to grind results in the last few matches, even in the last Premier League fixture against Aston Villa, where Sadio Mane’s last-minute goal escaped them from dropping points.
So, such instances cannot be risked to be repeated against teams like Manchester City and the Reds have to lift up their game to not rely on their luck factor in order to outclass the defending champions.