Liverpool Must Win Title Showdown Against Manchester City This Weekend

By Craig Pearson
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a penalty
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This weekend in the Premier League, Liverpool take on Manchester City in what is not only the biggest game of the weekend, but the biggest game of the season. With both teams battling it out to become Premier League champions, it will be a pivotal win for either team to get the three points from this game and a crushing blow for either to lose.

For Liverpool, though, there is no other way, they simply have to beat City at home. City still have two games in hand, which would put them atop if they were to win them, but defeat at Anfield would change all that — Liverpool would then be favorites. It is a tough task, but with Chelsea still to come to Anfield as well, it’s a necessity. Just a draw would actually suit City because it would then leave the league in their hands, with the games in hand and the advantage of the majority of their remaining games being at home.

It will see the two most deadly attacks in the league coming up against each other and, let’s be honest, two of the less stable defenses — so there should be goals. Sometimes the tension can counteract that, though, and this will be the most pivotal game in the title race; the whole dynamic will change one way or the other solely based on the result of this game. It’s a lot of pressure on both teams, something Liverpool are not really accustomed to, but this is where champions excel — this is where we all find out who is and who isn’t equipped to be champions.

Whatever the result is on Sunday, it will not be over, but it will be a pivotal swing no matter what happens. Liverpool seem to have all the momentum right now and a loss would halt that, but a win would send it into overdrive; it would be a huge step toward being champions. And with not many steps left to take in the title race, it could be a critical one, and perhaps, maybe, possibly, even a championship-winning one.

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