FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Liverpool – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – January 3, 2019 Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren in action with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details./File PhotoLiverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday with the chance to open up a nine-point lead over the defending champions in the Premier League title race and take a huge step towards a first league crown for 30 years.
Clashes between the two sides have become classics in recent seasons with Liverpool thrashing City in a Champions League quarter-final 5-1 on aggregate in 2017/18 before City gained revenge with a 2-1 victory that saw them retain the Premier League title last season.
Here, AFP Sport looks at three key battles that are likely to decide the latest meeting between the champions of Europe and champions of England: