Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson says developing a fear factor in the the same vein that Man City had last season, will be a important step in the quest for title glory.
The Citizens strolled to the league title, demolishing a number of teams and setting countless records along the way.
Liverpool were arguably the only team willing to go toe to toe with them, and those tactics paid off when they inflicted the first of only two losses in the league at Anfield in January.
That defeat seemed to play on their mind when they came to Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final clash where they were torn apart by a scintillating first half display by the Reds.
Liverpool have been more deliberate in their play this season, aiming for a measure of control all over the pitch, rather than leaving the door open to let opponents back in the game.
The way that Liverpool brutally identified Arsenal's weaknesses in the first 45 minutes on Saturday was a clear reminder of those captivating attacking displays from the last campaign.
Robertson hopes that it is a sign of things to come with The Independent reporting the Scotland captain as saying:
"Of course, if teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage.
"But it only works to our advantage if we make it happen.
"We did that by going behind [against Arsenal] and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good.
"If people are worrying about coming here then it’s a good sign for us, but it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.”
Robertson said the perfect team to learn from is City who maintained that hunger throughout the whole season.
"We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team did as they were very hard to beat.
"Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them.
"But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy.
"Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.”
Liverpool have mixed emotions of the Etihad Stadium last season.
They were thrashed 5-0 in September albeit with 10 men for a majority of that contest, but got a measure of revenge in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final.
Robertson says that you cannot put the clash on Thursday in the same context.
“The thing is about the difference in the Champions League game is they obviously had to win by four goals or whatever so they had to come out."
" They only need to win by one on Thursday.
Despite holding the upper hand in the title race at this point, the left-back is taking nothing for granted.
“Look, they’re a fantastic team, a very experienced team and they’ve been in this position before.
"They’ve won the title.
"It’s something that we’ve never had. They’re probably more experienced than us in this position but we look forward to it.”
Getting a result on Thursday will put a major dent in the hopes of City, while giving Liverpool a massive psychological boost as we enter the second half of the season.