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Man City vs Liverpool is every bit as exciting as United vs Arsenal… sans the tunnel ruptures and hatred

MANCHESTER CITY v Liverpool – where does it stand as a Premier League rivalry?

That’s the question floating around right now.

Klopp and Guardiola face off in the Premier League this weekend and in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend

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Klopp and Guardiola face off in the Premier League this weekend and in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekendPhoto credit: Reuters
Wenger and Ferguson played out a legendary rivalry in the Premier League

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Wenger and Ferguson played out a legendary rivalry in the Premier LeaguePhoto credit: Getty

It’s compared to the days of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson – and that’s the bracket I put it into.

If you asked people at the start of the season who they think will win the league, it was Manchester City or Liverpool. No one else.

You take an outside bet if you want, but this rivalry reminds me of the early 2000s when it came down to asking, “Who do you think will win – Manchester United or Arsenal?”

It all goes in cycles, but what makes this rivalry so good is how they dominate everyone else — and they don’t change for anyone.

City won’t change just because they play Liverpool and vice versa.

It’s just two teams that are confident, know what they’re doing and will just say, “Let’s do it and let the best team win.”

That is ultimately the reason for the rivalry as no one knows who will come out on top. I couldn’t bet my life who would be the absolute winner.

Unlike United and Arsenal where there was real hate, City and Liverpool have it competitive respect. They all want success and both know they are the best.

I don’t think there has to be hate, it’s just respect for how good both teams are.

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There will be some tough tackles but none of that intimidation in the tunnel and Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira. Only quality is on display.

Everyone across the country will be talking about this game.

My dressing room in Birmingham will talk about it when we travel against Nottingham Forest.

It’s a title decider – it doesn’t get much better than that. If City wins it’s over, but if Liverpool wins they keep winning.

Keane and Vieira's intense rivalry was unlike that of Liverpool and Man City

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Keane and Vieira’s intense rivalry was unlike that of Liverpool and Man City

And not just in the Premier League. Look at what they’re doing in the Champions League.

I don’t think both United and Arsenal were at that level.

They were challenging, but they didn’t compete in all competitions on all fronts.

That’s what these guys do. You have to tip your hat and the squads they have are something else.

I saw City had a ‘reshuffled’ foursome the other day and it was worth £200m. It is ridiculous.

All both sides need now is that new version of a No. 9 in the middle.

If one of City or Liverpool gets that, they go to another level and we’re all screwed, aren’t we?

This is a rivalry that has legs too. Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp just love to get at each other and besides, what else is there outside of the Prem for these two?

What other exciting job is there? All others are either in transition or not in a competitive league.

These guys are here to stay, especially as Klopp is sure to contribute to his one-league title.

There are those who think he needs someone else to be considered great as Prem.

But the likes of Wenger and Fergie have had a longevity that no one will ever have again, so we can’t compare this generation to that.

Plus, just winning the one is hard enough!

I’m really looking forward to this game. I’ll probably curse it now, but it won’t end 0-0, will it? It just can’t get boring.

Liverpool and Man City will serve up a treat on Sunday afternoon

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Liverpool and Man City will serve up a treat on Sunday afternoonCredit: EPA

Sometimes it’s played up at those big Super Sundays and then it’s a goalless or a narrow 1-0 win. That will not be the case.

It’s two attacking teams trying to break each other. City won’t man Mo Salah in games like Jose Mourinho.

Luckily for us, Pep and Klopp have adjusted to attacking and inspiring.

BOTH WOULD DO ME

SO TROY IF YOU COULD PLACE ON ONE OF THE SIDES NOW – IN YOUR WEDDING – WHO WOULD IT BE?

TD: Either – because I would get about 40 chances a game.

A personal preference would have to be Liverpool because they cross it a bit more with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

That would be enough for me, for my style.

Klopp might show me some love, but I wouldn’t mind being yelled at by Pep.

So all in all let me fall into both and I think I would do everything right because they are a joke. You could play with eight players and still win!

It would be every player’s dream to play for both – that’s why people rush to these clubs.

It’s not all about finances.

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