After the break, Liverpool resumed the game in the same tempo with which they had left and soon reaped rewards as Sadio Mane scored via an easy header off a curling cross from Jordan Henderson in the 51st minute.
While City have suffered shock defeats to Norwich and Wolves in the first 11 games of the season, Liverpool have had the air of champions in recent weeks with their ability to fight to the end for their rewards.
Signing Daramy would not be cheap however, with Copenhagen reportedly valuing the teenager in excess of £5million.
Liverpool look a much stronger, more street-wise proposition this time around but the game feels more like a match City can't afford to lose than one they must win.
Mane will be pivotal for Liverpool.
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It is not inconceivable as Liverpool had a 10-point lead over Pep Guardiola's side last season after they had played 20 games, although City had played a game fewer. It won't be a surprise if he's a central figure at Anfield today as his goals have won Liverpool eight points already this season.
City will go into the game with a host of injuries plaguing their squad.
It came after City had two penalty appeals for handball turned down. That could be an ominous omen for Liverpool heading into the crunch contest at Anfield. The Reds need to beat City and prove to ourselves, as well as to everyone else, that we are the Premier League's front runners.
"It was an honour for both teams to show the Premier League spectators this type of game".
"This season didn't start off the way we wanted it to, and some of the results we've had weren't the one we set out to achieve", the club's record goal scorer began.
Sergio Aguero has made seven Premier League appearances at Anfield without scoring, his longest wait for a goal at any stadium.