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Liverpool meets City in Premier League showdown

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2014 at 9:04 am •  Published: April 11, 2014

LONDON (AP) — On a day of mourning, Liverpool will be playing one of its biggest matches in years.

The mood at Anfield will be somber Sunday as the country pauses to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

The game between Liverpool and Manchester City pits two of the best teams in England and is the biggest in the Premier League so far this season.

"If Liverpool get the result, it will be a great day for the club and the city and also the 96 and their families," former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said. "It's a big day for them as well and we should never forget that."

Liverpool, looking to win the league title for the first time in 24 years, is chasing its 10th consecutive victory. With both teams still to face more hurdles after Sunday, this game is not decisive but the winner will be the favorite in the title race.

Liverpool won its 18th and last league title in 1990, a year after some the team's fans were crushed in an overcrowded standing-only section at Hillsborough before the FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest.

But after years in the shadow of rival Manchester United, Liverpool fans believe the time has come to write a new chapter of the club's history.

Liverpool has played superb attacking soccer all season. Now it has won nine straight matches and is in first place with only five games remaining.

Liverpool goes into Sunday's game four points ahead of City, but Manchester has two games in hand. Chelsea is second, two points off the pace, and will play at Anfield on April 27.

With so much on the line on a solemn day, emotions will be high. The match is scheduled for seven minutes later than usual as a mark of respect.

"I know there are 96 people in the sky who will always be supporting this team," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "We want to do this for the great support and football family of Liverpool and if we are to achieve anything this year the 96 in the sky will always be in our thoughts, and their families."

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