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Liverpool have lost only one of their last 50 Premier League games – against Manchester City, a result which ultimately cost them the title last season.

But I expect them to prosper in the Anfield cauldron in this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash.

If Jurgen Klopp’s side win on Sunday, they will be nine points clear at the summit.

In other words, for City to catch them, Liverpool would have to lose three of their last 26 games in a league where they have lost only one of the previous 50.

That seems as unlikely as a repeat of last season’s 0-0 draw at Anfield, especially as both teams have struggled to keep clean sheets in recent weeks.

Just for fun, I’ve compiled a combined Liverpool-City XI – based on both squads, minus long-term injuries – and it reflects a slight shift in the balance of power at the top.

In a 4-2-3-1 formation, they would line up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; De Bruyne, Fabinho; Sterling, Firmino, Mane; Aguero.

If he wasn’t out for the long term, Aymeric Laporte would make the back four.

Maybe it’s a reflection of City’s slight vulnerability at the back that none of Pep Guardiola’s other defensive alternatives makes the cut.

And perhaps that will be reflected in a narrow Liverpool win this weekend.

Unai Emery's problems mounting - but Arsenal nay sayers should be in dugout

Unai Emery's problems at Arsenal are not getting any easier after the Gunners coughed up yet another lead in Portugal during the week.

Plenty of former Arsenal players and pundits have been having their say on Emery's difficulties and, like everyone else, they are entitled to an opinion.

But it makes you wonder sometimes: If it's so easy to spot what's gone wrong at the Emirates, why aren't these people sitting in the dugout and calling the shots as manager?

I have no doubts Son was upset but Andre Gomes was the real victim

Not for one second would I doubt that Heung-min Son was genuinely upset by the outcome of his challenge that left Everton's Andre Gomes with a harrowing injury.

As someone who had his leg broken by a poor tackle and got a phone call to apologise four or five days later – I accepted the apology, although I wasn't convinced it was entirely sincere – I have no doubts at all that Son was genuinely upset.

You could tell, from his goal celebrations in Tottenham's emphatic Champions League win in Belgrade, that what happened to Gomes was still on his mind.

But let's not forget the real victim in a horrible incident which upsetting for everyone involved.

His name is Andre Gomes.