The deeper point here, as City go to Anfield looking to prolong their own run and actually match that 1988 Liverpool side on 31 games, is whether it gradually gets to the point that kind of deeper motivation is required to finally beat them.
Liverpool could threaten the Citizen's unbeaten Premier League record, and have lost just twice since October and could climb to third should they win. They famously ended that 49-game unbeaten league run in a fiery United-Arsenal match to end all United-Arsenal matches.
Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in what should be this weekend's most exciting game.
A hostile reception is likely to lie in wait once more for the England global, who has made tremendous strides under Guardiola and scored 18 goals in 29 matches this season.
If anything, the margin of victory flattered Liverpool - such was the dominance City had, it could have been more.
Raheem Sterling will make his latest return to the red half of Merseyside since his acrimonious £49million switch from Liverpool to City in 2015.
Back in September, the Reds were ripped apart by the Citizens 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium but at Anfield, Klopp's men will hold stronger cards so it will be an intriguing battle. He left United in 2014 as a club legend having won five Premier League titles.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Manchester City have just been absolutely brilliant but this will be a tough test for them". It's worth noting that this game could very well be postponed. And maybe for Man City, the season.
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"They would grind out results, grind out results", Quinn said of Arsenal. Antonio Conte has prepared many a team to counter an attacking juggernaut to a successful degree, and he'll have his hands full with trying to do so for a second time this season.
City had no problem winning at Old Trafford in their earlier matchup, but for Jose Mourinho, there would be few things sweeter than playing spoiler for his crosstown nemesis. If both managers are likely to play 4-3-3, the major difference is that Liverpool's front three are so narrow and City's so wide. City have looked imperious and even though the mood at Anfield is somewhat tiresome after Philippe Coutinho's sale to Barcelona, expect the Reds to be competitive and threaten City's unbeaten run in the League.
Alberto Moreno was pictured training at Melwood on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side to face Manchester City at the weekend.