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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Apr 10, 2014

Hart 'lives for games like Liverpool-City'

The FC crew debate whether or not Liverpool will be able to continue their great home form against Manchester City.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has told The Times that he is looking forward to the "fun" of facing Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in Sunday's title showdown at Liverpool.

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Hart, a Premier League winner with City two years ago, will be aiming to deny the Premier League's most potent attacking duo in a match from which the winners will have their title destiny in their own hands.

Suarez and Sturridge have scored 49 league goals between them this season, more than half of the league leaders' total of 90 so far in the campaign. City are the division's second-highest scorers, with 84 to date.

Despite the prospect of Sunday's crucial clash being a high-scoring affair -- and having watched the 4-0 thrashing of Tottenham in Liverpool's last match at Anfield -- England keeper Hart said he is revelling playing in such acritical match.

"I know there is a lot riding on every game with us," he said. "I live for playing at Anfield. It is an amazing place. I watched the [Tottenham] game and the belief has taken off.

"But that is what I live for. I am lucky to play in those situations. I like that pressure. It is my job. It is my life. It is all part of the fun."

Hart insisted that, unlike other players, he pays attention the fixture list throughout a season. City go into Sunday's match with two games in hand on title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, but the 26-year-old believes that his side will face several more stern tests to overcome after their trip to Anfield.

"I look at the games," he said. "There are players who don’t, but it would be boring if we were all the same. If we were, you wouldn’t get the creativity, the spark, the genius that there is in football.

"Liverpool are going for the title, so that will be tough. Then it’s Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, who are fighting for their lives. Then it’s Crystal Palace, who are desperate to stay up. Then Everton, going for the top four. Then Aston Villa, who could still be in the relegation battle, and then West Ham, which is always hard.

"Every single one is a different challenge. There are none that are easier than the rest."

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