A 0-0 draw at Anfield in October left a worldwide audience somewhat underwhelmed.
And Salah is once again in imperious form as the two sides come together again, and will no doubt be making the City defence sweat at the prospect of facing him once more.
In the first meeting, it felt like the teams were sizing each other up. We are seven points down, ' he said.
"Our pride has been hurt over recent weeks but we have everything to play for".
But if City can win then it is game on again as Pep Guardiola's side look to make it back-to-back successes.
Guardiola believes Danilo offers more in attacking areas and has the pace to keep up with Liverpool's attack. And there's a sense he struggles to set teams up against managerial counterpart Juergen Klopp.
It takes a lot to frighten a coach who has won 24 trophies in three different countries, but Guardiola's fears were realised as another Liverpool blitz secured a 3-0 win.
Guardiola, not Klopp, has been the one tinkering with tactics heading into their matchups.
Asked if the City defeat laid bare the size of Saints' survival fight, Hasenhuttl replied: "I knew it from the beginning, I knew exactly what a brutal schedule was waiting for us, and to prepare a new team, to know the new players, what they can do for you". In October, he reined in his fullbacks and kept the central midfield compact and close to his wingers.
In the last decade, only two sides who were leading at Christmas failed to win the league-both were Liverpool.
CB Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool): The easiest player to pick. Today we did that by going behind (against Arsenal) and we hit them hard straight after it so it was really good.
These two teams will have massive respect for each other's attack, and because of that I think this will be a stalemate. Liverpool is seeking its first top-flight title since 1990, and its 19th overall.
"With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished; it would be nearly impossible", said Guardiola after Sunday's 3-1 win at Southampton.
MANCHESTER, Jan 2 ― "I start to read and then I start to think "Liverpool and Juergen Klopp" and I can not focus", said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last month, admitting Liverpool's charge to depose the Premier League champions has been in his head for some time.