Supporters lined the route outside Anfield with flags and banners to greet Brendan Rodgers and his players as they made their way to the stadium for the clash with Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Today's match has been billed as a defining fixture in the battle for this season's title and the atmosphere inside Anfield this afternoon is expected to match that created by fans outside.
The Reds are currently top of the table - four points clear of City having played two games more. Victory for Rodgers' side would see them take a huge step towards a title they have been waiting so long for. But a defeat and the Blues would have a firm advantage in the tightest title-race in years.