Manchester City will give new Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour before Thursday’s game at an empty Etihad Stadium, but who will prevail on the pitch?
“I am sure the Liverpool players will have been partying,” said BBC football expert and former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson. “And, since the season started in August, they have been geared up to take the title off City, so will they have the same edge now they have done it?
“I know Jurgen Klopp is as driven as City boss Pep Guardiola in terms of their players maintaining their performance levels, especially against a team as good as City, but even being 5% off will make all the difference in a game like this.”
City’s defeat at Chelsea on Thursday night meant their two-year reign as Premier League champions is over before Liverpool come to Etihad Stadium this week
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.
This week he is up against grime MC and Radio 1 Xtra DJ Big Zuu, who is a Liverpool fan.
Big Zuu, whose new track, ‘Move Right’, is out now, has also recorded a new freestyle rap celebrating the Reds’ success.
He told BBC Sport: “Because of lockdown I have just been celebrating at home, talking to all my friends and family that support Liverpool – just buzzing really.
“But I have made a freestyle for BBC Sport about us winning the league as well. I did one last season (see below) when we eventually just missed out – but this time we did it. I have just been kind of planning for when this new one will come out.
“Jordan Henderson messaged me on Friday morning, saying he wants to hear the freestyle, so everyone is just getting a bit excited about it all at the moment!”
Liverpool’s 2019 Premier League title freestyle challenge in 90 seconds with Big Zuu – he has a new video coming soon to celebrate their win this season
Big Zuu puts Liverpool’s long-awaited success down to their strength…