In what could have been a scintillating title barnburner, Man City vs Liverpool on Thursday has a wholly anti-climactic air about it.

Of course, newly-crowned champions Liverpool won’t care one iota – their job is done. Jurgen Klopp’s men have dominated from start to finish, and while a few sore Red heads would have been endured the morning after Chelsea’s win against City, I don’t expect the Merseysiders to take their foot off the gas in the run-in – especially against City.

Last season, Manchester City’s victory over Liverpool at The Etihad prevented Klopp’s side from becoming champions, invincibles and reaching 100 points, and they will be desperate register three points this time around to truly assert their dominance over Pep Guardiola’s men.

This one looks a little tricky to judge, as nobody really knows how seriously Liverpool will take this game (in my opinion: very), and as a result the bookies have made them 5/2 outsiders.

With City’s ‘home advantage’ pretty much irrelevant, and also considering that Liverpool are 23 points clear of their hosts, and that City played a strong side in the FA Cup as recently as Sunday, I think this is a price well worth taking.

Champions or not, 5/2 for Liverpool to win any game of football is simply too big, and that’s why I’m backing them to win at The Etihad.

People can talk all they like about Liverpool’s motivation, but what of City? They’ve been beaten out of sight in the league, culminating in that Chelsea defeat, and with their attention now firmly on the FA Cup and Champions League, it’s hardly likely they’ll be significantly more fired up for this than Liverpool.

Liverpool are too big at 5/2, and they should be backed.

Liverpool - 1pt @ 5/2