Liverpool ready for biggest game in 24 years, declares Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho says the Reds are ready for their potential title decider against Manchester City

Mamadou Sakho admits Liverpool will be facing their biggest game in 24 years when the Reds take on Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’s side have the opportunity to move seven points clear of the Citizens, although the 2012 winners have played two games less than the Merseyside outfit.

We have the quality and we just have to believe it

Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool have won their nine successive league games after a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Sunday, and Sakho feels the Reds have a big chance to win the top-flight crown for the first time since 1990.

“Of course this could be the biggest match Liverpool have played in 24 years,” Sakho told the Daily Mirror.

“You win three points but it’s worth a lot more. It is a match that will place the winner in the best position to win the title.

“I hope we win. In any case we are ready for combat. We play at home and have our fans behind us. We will give everything.

“Ever since I arrived at the club, I said it. I told my team-mates that we are capable of winning the title.

“We have the quality and we just have to believe it. And – voila! – as the season progressed we saw Liverpool grow in strength playing such beautiful football.

“We’ve not stolen the position where we are today. We deserve to be where we are. We are confident about facing their strikers. City score a lot of goals but so do we.

“It will be two beautiful attacks against two strong defences. It’s a top match pitting two top teams against each other fighting for the title.

“I have not spoken a lot about matches before we play them. We will see on D-day who is better prepared to take the points.”

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