The upcoming Monday Night Football match-up between Premier League titans Manchester City, who finished last season as champions, and runners-up Liverpool on August 25 at the Etihad Stadium, represents a "great game for Liverpool," according to former Merseyside mainstay Jamie Carragher.
However, the Sky Sports analyst, doubts that his former club will emerge triumphant as they give away the key advantage - Manchester City have the luxury of competing at home.
"I think the game of the season last year was the game at Anfield, which finished 3-2 to Liverpool and it put the title in Liverpool’s hands – but then City came back, so fair play to them. That was the game of the season and hopefully we can have a bit more of that," he said.
"You’d have to fancy Man City because they are the home team.
"Last season Liverpool put on a great performance at the Etihad and should have got something from the game. Raheem Sterling had a goal ruled out and the goals they conceded were poor and they lost 2-1.
"That was a tight game, which could have gone either way and you would expect the same again – but you would always have to favour the home team."
Sterling began to come of age last year, returning 52 goal-scoring opportunities, five assists and nine goals from 45 attempts on goal in 24 Premier League starts.
In the absence of Luis Suarez, who transferred to Barcelona in a £65 million deal, Sterling may be expected to develop even further - and, in Liverpool's one game to date this season, he has already proven reliable five dribbles, two key chances provided, one assist and one goal from four shots.