EPL preview GW 28: 'Once in a lifetime' opportunity for both Liverpool, City

A run of three draws in four Premier League games has seen the Liverpool's lead at the top of the table over Manchester City cut to just a point.

Liverpool has not won the Premier League in 29 years.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to focus on the positives of leading the Premier League with just 11 games to go rather than a recent dip in form.

A run of three draws in four Premier League games has seen the Reds' lead at the top of the table over Manchester City cut to just a point.

EPL standings after game week 27

However, having waited 29 years to win the league, Klopp is focused on looking forward rather than back at opportunities missed in recent weeks.

“Usually in a situation where you can be champions for the first time in your life - for a lot of our supporters it would be the first time in their life, and for a lot of my players as well - it's pure opportunity,” said the German ahead of Watford's visit to Anfield on Wednesday.

“You have to use it on the front foot, with all the things you have to always do in football.”

Liverpool's title chances also received a huge injury boost with the news Roberto Firmino should be fit for Sunday's trip to Everton in the Merseyside derby, even if Wednesday's match might come too soon for the Brazilian.

'Injuries no excuse for quadruple chasing Man City'

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players not to use injuries and fatigue as an excuse as the English champion chases a historic quadruple of trophies this season.

City secured the first of a potential four-trophy haul by beating Chelsea on penalties on Sunday in the League Cup and entertains West Ham in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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Guardiola's men also faces Swansea in the FA Cup quarterfinals and is well set for the last eight of the Champions League after winning 3-2 away to Schalke in the first leg of its last 16 tie.

However, injuries to Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho blighted victory on Sunday with John Stones and Gabriel Jesus also unlikely to return before an international break in mid-March.

 

“I don't want to see excuses from my players about tiredness, fixtures, schedules, the number of games. That is nothing,” said Guardiola on Tuesday.

“When you have the opportunity to fight until the end, to fight for the title, then the power, the energy that gives you that is higher than any excuses you find.

“We have to run and beat them (the opposition), then beat them again. In the last two months of the season, the mentality makes the difference.

 

Other fixtures

Huddersfield vs Wolves

Arsenal vs Bournemouth

Leicester City vs Brighton

Cardiff City vs Everton

Newcastle vs Burnley

Southampton vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

 

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