Raheem Sterling has told Liverpool Manchester City will win their crucial encounter on Thursday if the Sky Blues play to their potential.
City cannot afford to fall further behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race, with the defending champions seven points behind the Reds.
Pep Guardiola says the Liverpool showdown is a must-win encounter after two costly defeats over Christmas.
Liverpool are in superb form having thrashed Arsenal 5-1 in their last game, but Sterling fired a warning to his former club.
If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone, Sterling said.
Its going to be a great game on Thursday and were all looking forward to it.
Sterling swapped Anfield for the Etihad in search of silverware, but his former club are now in pole position to claim their first Premier League title.
Losses to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City in December leave Citys title defence in potential ruins, but Sterling believes the recent win over Southampton is a positive step forward.
It was massive to win and we knew we had to win to give ourselves a chance, he said. Its a massive step and just what we needed.
We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win to give ourselves a chance and we did just that.
Our previous two results were difficult to take and I thought we bounced back brilliantly.
I think we owed it to ourselves and as a team to bring that level we know we can bring.