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Full points a must: Pellegrini

Manchester: It’s just the second game of the season for both Manchester City and Liverpool when the two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Little wonder it will be a good confidence booster for the team that finishes with full points.

City will look to continue their form, which saw them breeze past Newcastle United in their opening game. Manuel Pellegrini’s men will have a relatively full squad to choose from apart from the injured Alvaro Negredo. Pellegrini can call upon new signing Eliaquim Mangala, who might start at the heart of the defence with captain Vincent Kompany.

“I always say to the players that these games are games of six points, especially when you play at home. I think that in the Premier League, there are also four or five strong teams. We hope to win full points at home… It is very important to win points at home,” Pellegrini emphasised.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will hope to get one over their title rivals early in the season. The Reds started their campaign with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Southampton, with forwards Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling beginning from where they left off last season, having grabbed a goal each.

Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man this summer and made a flurry of signings to make sure there are no slip-ups like last year, when they lost the title to City after being favourites to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history.

Rodgers is also in the process of recruiting former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who is reportedly set to complete his move to Liverpool in the next couple of days.