Adrian Clarke is looking at key tactical talking points ahead of Matchweek 12.
The champions earned a valuable 0-0 draw at Anfield by taking the sting out of their hosts' fast and furious approach.
A Liverpool win this weekend would leave Man City nine points behind in the race for the title, so with so much at stake we could witness another watchful performance from the title-holders.
Guardiola knows Liverpool are ferocious opponents, especially on home turf.
Aggressive in the way they press and win tackles inside the opposition half, it is vital for all visiting sides to focus hard on not losing the ball in bad areas.
Many opponents struggle to handle them on Merseyside.
When you consider Liverpool average 60.8 per cent possession in matches at Anfield, their ball-winning stats are incredibly impressive.
For a side who have so much of the ball, they also win it back with high levels of efficiency.
|Most poss. won final third||Most tackles won|
|Crystal Palace||Sheff Utd|
So Man City will aim to take away this strength of their opponents.
Last season they were relatively risk-free in their choice of distribution and showed wonderful discipline in their choice of pass.
It will be fascinating to see if one of the world’s most adventurous passing sides can again replicate that tactic.
Important duels will take place all over the pitch but one specific area draws extra interest.
Considering he is a right-back, it is exceptional that across the last 180 minutes of top-flight action Alexander-Arnold has made 38 more entries to the penalty area than any other Liverpool player.
Together, he and Henderson have been excellent.
If they impose themselves in a similar way this weekend, it could make the difference.
|Most penalty-area entries||Most open-play crosses|
There is one caveat to consider, and that is Man City's own strength down that side of the pitch.
If the former is passed fit then their twin threat could curtail Alexander-Arnold and Henderson's ambition in attack.
If they take unnecessary risks and holes appear for City's talismen to hurt them on the break, it could spell trouble.
Keep your eye on where Alexander-Arnold and Henderson take the majority of their touches at Anfield this Sunday.
If it is in the middle third that will be a sign of how well Guardiola's game plan is working.