Shearer previews Liverpool FC v Man City
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
Alan Shearer has warned Manchester City that they “cannot afford” to lose to Liverpool FC in Sunday’s crunch showdown at Anfield.
The Citizens are preparing for their trip to Merseyside this weekend as they look to try and cut the gap down to Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders.
Liverpool FC currently sit six points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a stunning start to the new campaign in which they have only dropped two points in 11 games.
Manchester City and Liverpool FC both left it late to claim comeback wins over Southampton and Aston Villa respectively at the weekend to keep the title race in the balance heading into this weekend’s clash.
A win for Liverpool FC would move them nine points clear at the top of the table, and victory for Manchester City would cut the gap down to just three points.
Former England striker Shearer feels that Manchester City simply cannot afford to lose the clash as they prepare for their trip to Anfield this weekend.
Writing in his column for the Sun, Shearer said: “Sunday’s trip to Anfield is a match Pep Guardiola just simply cannot afford to lose.
“Liverpool will go nine points clear by beating Manchester City in their crunch title clash.
“With a deficit like that — even in mid-November — Guardiola knows he would have a mountain to climb to win the Premier League.
“The Reds have turned Anfield into a fortress and they haven’t lost there in 45 Premier League matches stretching back to April 2017.
“That is an astonishing record and means they start this game as favourites despite City arriving as back-to-back champions.
“You can expect a battle right to the final whistle.
“Both teams showed how they can fight to the death with dramatic late wins at the weekend.
“Jurgen Klopp’s side seem to have forgotten how to lose and went from 1-0 down at 87 minutes to coming away with three points at Aston Villa.”
Manchester City are aiming to win the Premier League title for the third straight season this term under Pep Guardiola.
Liverpool FC, meanwhile, are looking to go one step further than they did last season and lift the trophy for the first time under Klopp.