- The upcoming game is going to be totally different from last season's clash at the Etihad.
- Both teams still have something to prove but they will hardly push forward.
- Klopp and Guardiola won't field weakened XIs but still, this isn't going to be a typical match between the Reds and City.
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson expects the upcoming clash between Liverpool and Manchester City to be far from an exciting game.
"Last season, this fixture was a thriller - with City winning 2-1 and John Stones making a brilliant goal-line clearance to help them secure victory at an electric Etihad Stadium with everyone in the ground knowing the title was on the line," the ex-Red told BBC.
"This scenario is clearly very different. Both teams will have something to prove, of course, but the main thing driving both of them this time will probably be that they don't want to lose. Quite often in games like that, nothing really happens.
"There is no way Guardiola will field a weakened team this time, or Klopp for that matter, but I just don't expect it to be a classic for some reason. It doesn't help that there won't be any fans there."
Mark Lawrenson expects the game to end in a 1-1 draw and it looks a very possible scenario. Obviously we all want the Reds to win but even if they draw and keep the 23-point gap, it will be another step to breaking the Premier League's record of 100 points in a season which belongs to City.