A Manchester City win at Anfield would defy recent history

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Man City's record at Anfield isn't the best.

If Manchester City win at Anfield on Sunday they would be in command of the Premier League title race.

However a win for City will go against their record at Anfield in recent years, as they have failed to register a win since May 2003 – where they came from behind to win 2-1.

On that day, Milan Baros gave Liverpool the lead just before the hour mark but Reds’ old boy Nicolas Anelka struck twice late on to dent the home side’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

A draw on Sunday would still leave City in pole position to be crowned champions – and they have drawn on each of their last three visits to Anfield, twice in the Premier League and once in a Carling Cup semi-final, which resulted in Liverpool progressing to Wembley in 2012 with a 2-2 draw.

City have left Anfield empty-handed on six occasions since their last victory at Anfield and have conceded 18 goals, scoring eight. They have been fairly tight affairs since 2003, with City's heaviest defeat coming in 2011 when they lost 3-0 thanks to two goals from Andy Carroll and a Dirk Kuyt strike.

That came at a time when City were starting to challenge towards the top end of the table under Roberto Mancini, who then got three draws on his subsequent visits to Anfield.

However, none of the games have been of this kind of significance. Recently the Premier League games at Anfield have taken place in August and November – and when they have been towards the business end of the season there hasn’t been as much at stake.

How much their record will count for going into Sunday’s huge clash remains to be seen.

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