Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is in no doubt today’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City would be a great one to win.
However Rodgers has also emphasised it should not necessarily be seen as an indicator of how the clubs’ title bids might pan out.
The contest at the Etihad Stadium pits the champions – in City – and runners-up from last term against each other.
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For each team it is only their second Premier League fixture of the 2014/15 campaign, and Rodgers feels the fact it comes so early makes it particularly significant in terms of needing to make a mark.
At the same time, though, he is not going to be reading too deeply into the outcome.
"Whatever time this game comes, it’s always very important – and for us, so early on, it’s even more significant," Rodgers said.
"But I don’t think it will define everything. It’s over the course of the 38 games. We did reasonably well in the big games last season, but it’s over the course of the 38, and that’s something I’ll always look at.
"It’s early in the season and we started with a great win, and now to go and perform and hopefully get the result is what the aim will be."