However, Anfield and the atmosphere there should give the Liverpool players that extra push that they need to win this game.
With a match of this magnitude, any free betting offers could be placed on a number of markets with both teams having quality in abundance and this is a fixture which should guarantee plenty of goals.
I don't think Liverpool will be the first English team to beat Guardiola's charges this season - but given City's poor record at Anfield, I can't see them winning either.
Quoted by Marca, Salah said: "I have heard so many rumours that it doesn't bother me anymore".
However, the former QPR youth player has now notched 18 times in all competitions this season and created six goals for his teammates along the way - his best return to date. Bristol City adopted a similar strategy in midweek and Lee Johnson's reward for being adventurous at the Etihad Stadium was forced errors out of Eliaquim Mangala and John Stones, which contributed to the Championship side's opening goal.
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The Argentine scored Manchester City's victor against Bristol City earlier this week in the League Cup while Van Dijk scored Liverpool's victor that sent rivals Everton out of the FA Cup last weekend.
"Sometimes you try things and they come off".
In a usual season they would be in the title shake-up (their 44 points at this stage would have put them top in 2015/16), but given City's dominance, they are having to settle for a position amongst the also-rans in the race for the Champions League spots.
Disappointingly for Sterling, he has yet to feature in a City team to defeat Liverpool in the league and over 90 minutes.
The Brazilian had initially been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with the knee ligament injury he picked up against Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve.