For the Italian, the aim has always been for City to claim a valuable top-four finish, while the Merseyside outfit will no doubt be satisfied with a Europa League spot following their disappointing campaign prior to Dalglish's arrival.
A sizeable 11 points separates the two sides in the league with Mancini's men flying high in third, while Liverpool are a place above their Merseyside rivals Everton in sixth spot.
City picked up a comfortable 3-0 win in the last meeting between the two back in August so will the Reds, so revitalised following the appointment of Dalglish, be able to pick up revenge at Anfield?
EA Sports have simulated Monday's forthcoming fixture on Fifa '11, and there's no doubt it proved to be a closely contested encounter on Merseyside. Click Play and check out the action, and be sure to leave your prediction in the comments area below...