Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas delivers Man City v Liverpool prediction

New Premier League champions Liverpool are set to face Manchester City
New Premier League champions Liverpool are set to face Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has delivered his prediction for the much-anticipated Premier League clash between Manchester City and new champions Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola was bidding to win a third successive domestic title with City this season but the club’s defence finally came to an end last week as Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost just two league games over the past two years and travel to the Etihad on Thursday night with a 23-point lead at the top of the table.

Former Arsenal striker Nicholas is looking forward to seeing the current and former champions go toe-to-toe and expects Manchester City to come out on top in a five-goal thriller.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Liverpool are Premier League champions and congratulations to them. They have been outstanding in every area.

‘What we will see in this game is an open game of football. It should suit Liverpool to go head-to-head with Manchester City.

‘Kevin De Bruyne has been the star – he played an hour against Arsenal after tearing them apart and then the same with Newcastle, so he could be rested. His form has just continued.

‘City will not try to beat Liverpool to prove a point. They will build for the semi-final of the FA Cup and the Champions League when it comes around.

‘Raheem Sterling has been scoring and playing better, which is the same as Riyad Mahrez. David Silva has been playing well as always. It will be one of these enjoyable matches.

‘The goals have been few and far between since the break, but the two sides respect each other, the way they want the ball and use the ball, and that is why they will be happy to go head-to-head.

‘The champions will not be embarrassed by having a low percentage of the ball, but they will use the ball superbly when they get it.

‘There will be some magical players on show and I think we will get just that sort of game. Man City 3-2 Liverpool.’

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Liverpool secured a 3-1 victory at Anfield to pull nine points clear of Manchester City.

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