Manchester City is still on the top of the table in the Premier League, but after their loss to Sunderland just two days ago, the table is starting to look just a little bit more wide open. City rested a number of players with this Liverpool fixture in mind and were made to pay for it, as Ji Dong-Won scored a stunning winner for the Black Cats.
Liverpool have been the recipients of some good luck when it comes to the timing of this fixture. They played four days ago, while Manchester City have had just one day off between games. Luis Suarez was suspended against Newcastle United and will return for this game. Steven Gerrard made a substitute appearance against Newcastle, and could now be fit to start if Kenny Dalglish wants to put him into the first team. It's all gone in Liverpool's favor for this particular match.
All of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Mario Balotelli did not make starts against Sunderland, and all of them are expected to have some impact on this match. Silva and Aguero are near locks to start, while Balotelli could start on the bench after recently recovering from an injury. Both teams should start unchanged defenses.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Game Date/Time: January 3, 3:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. local
Venue: Ethiad Stadium, Manchester, England
TV: ESPN2 (USA - English), ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), Sky Sports 1 (UK), TSN2 (Canada)
For more on the two teams, check out Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue and our two Liverpool blogs, Anfield Asylum and The Offside Liverpool. We'll have coverage of this match and the other Premier League matches this week in our English Premier League Week 20 StoryStream.