Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned of the dangers facing his side as Liverpool travel to face the Premier League champions.
The Italian believes the Merseysiders are capable of qualifying for the Champions League and feels City will have to be at their best to avoid slipping up.
The champions will not want to drop many more points as they seek to pull Manchester United back at the top of the table.
Liverpool's recent run of good form was undermined by their shock loss to Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend but they responded with a positive display in a 2-2 draw at Arsenal in midweek.
That point ensured they remain in contention to finish fourth, which would vindicate manager Brendan Rodgers' methods after an at times difficult season of transition.
Mancini said: "When you want to change it is difficult sometimes.
"He [Rodgers] did some good results but Liverpool is always a strong team.
"I watched the game against Arsenal, they played well.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches.
"It will be a dangerous game on Sunday. If we want to win, we should play well and score when we have a chance," added Mancini.