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Liverpool ready for 'D-Day' against City, says Sakho
Mamadou Sakho claims Liverpool's meeting with Manchester City on Sunday is "D-Day" - and could be his club's biggest league match in 24 years.
The clash at Anfield is likely to have a significant bearing on who wins the title this season. Liverpool are two points clear at the top of the league with five games left - and if they win them all, they will be champions for the first time since 1990.
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But slip up against City, who ended their 44-year wait to be champions of England by pipping neighbours Manchester United to the title two years ago, and Manuel Pellegrini's will take pole position as they have two games in hand.
Sakho said: "We will see on D-Day who is better prepared to take the points. Of course this could be the biggest league match Liverpool have played in 24 years.
"It's a match where 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 go and win the title.
"Ever since I arrived at the club, since the first month, 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 it."
Sunday's game has added significance as Liverpool will be marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Sakho is likely to play a part if Daniel Agger does not recover from a knee injury, having been recalled in Agger's place to play alongside Martin Skrtel at centre-back. He helped Liverpool to a ninth successive league victory, as West Ham were beaten 2-1.
Sakho, born less than three months before Liverpool's last title win, has had his season interrupted by a hamstring injury suffered during the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on December 29 - the last time Liverpool lost a Premier League game.
Liverpool and City are the Premier League's top two highest-scoring teams this season but Brendan Rodgers' side lead the way with 90 goals to City's 84.
But if that suggests the strikers will be on top at Anfield, Sakho claims Liverpool's defence mates can nullify the threat of City's attack.
"We are confident about facing City's strikers," he said. "They do 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."