The international break gives us a chance to have a look at the situation at the top of the Premier League and while Liverpool lead the standings, holders Manchester City look the team to beat in what is now a two-horse race.
Pep Guardiola’s side sit two points off the pace currently being set by the Reds, albeit with a game in hand and a superior goal difference. They also have something billions can’t buy: experience.
Liverpool, priced at 21/10, most recently threatened in 2013/14 but have struggled to get over the line in recent years, missing out in last season’s Champions League final, as well as the showpieces of the 2015-16 League Cup and Europa League.
There is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp’s side are irresistible in full flow, and they arguably have the kinder run-in of the top two. Chelsea and Tottenham are both set to travel to Anfield but their other games are against teams below them. City also host Tottenham, but their decisive fixture could come four matches from the end of the season when they make the short trip to Old Trafford.
However, the Merseysiders have looked nervy in recent weeks and City’s know-how when it comes to getting over the line, as they showed in their League Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea, suggests they have the edge.
There could be some consolation for Liverpool and Sadio Mane may well prove the man to beat in the Golden Boot running.
Mane has netted 11 in as many games to drag his team through recent matches and his tally of 17 in the Premier League places him one short of current top scorer, 2014-15 Golden Boot hero Sergio Aguero (8/5 Top Goalscorer).
The Senegalese has been the difference in recent weeks, most recently on Sunday when he scored the opener and was fouled for the decisive penalty in the 2-1 win at Fulham.
After being in the shadow of Mohamed Salah last season, the former Southampton man looks the business this time around.
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