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Sergio Aguero has an incredible scoring record against Liverpool

Sergio Aguero has an incredible scoring record against Liverpool

Sergio Aguero has an incredible scoring record against Liverpool

Sergio Aguero will look to continue his excellent scoring run against Liverpool at the Etihad when the title contenders meet tomorrow.

The Argentinian has scored in all six of his previous home Premier League matches against the Reds - although he has never found the net at Anfield.

Aguero said: "I'm not the type of guy who keeps a tally of that kind of thing.

"Of course, I want to score as much as I can to help the team win and, if that's the way it panned out against Liverpool so far, then I hope I can keep the streak going at the Etihad in this meeting - and dispel it when we next face them at Anfield.

"Football always gives a chance to even the score."

With Manchester City heading into the match seven points adrift of Liverpool, the encounter is being seen as one that could potentially decide the title.

But if City can win then it is game on again as Pep Guardiola's side look to make it back-to-back successes.

City responded to shock losses against Crystal Palace and Leicester by beating Southampton on Sunday, and Aguero believes they must focus on their own strengths rather than the threat of Liverpool.

He said: "Liverpool's growth as a team can be tracked from a few years back. Their showing in the Champions League was a testament of that, and they are performing very well this Premier League season.

"But our focus should be on our own game. We are confident in our playing style and we believe it's the most effective to lead us to victory.

"There's no denying it is a huge game for both clubs. Direct clashes between leading teams have a major impact towards the end of the season. December didn't pan out the way we wanted it to and now we've got more ground to make up so, yes, that makes the game even more important.

Angling

"But we are only in January and there are still plenty of Premier League games ahead of us and, from the looks of it, there are three or four teams angling to win the title. It's going to come down to the wire.

"Of course, we knew repeating last year's success wouldn't be a simple task but we always aim for excellence."

Liverpool have had a sensational season in the Premier League so far.

From going on a so far unbeaten 20-match run to only conceding eight goals and scoring 48 to leave themselves seven points clear at the top of the table - it has been a season to admire.

The showdown tomorrow could have a major bearing on where the title will go. Liverpool could extend their lead over Guardiola's men to 10 points but it could also see the difference reduced to just four.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson would be shocked if the defending champions managed to deliver a win tomorrow evening.

"This might sound silly," Merson said, "but I'd be shocked if Manchester City won this game. I'd be shocked. I just can't see how they can stop Liverpool from scoring goals. As the game goes on, I just don't see how Liverpool don't go on to win it.

"My only question of Liverpool would be how they play it. Do they go out and think that if they draw they've probably taken Manchester City out of the equation? Or do they go for the jugular and win the Premier League on Thursday night?"

Prize

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Arsenal attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award, the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize.

Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles after Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.


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