If City beat Brighton, they will retain their crown and also extend Liverpool’s hopes of a top-flight success into a 30th year.
Jurgen Klopp’s side could miss out on glory despite amassing 97 points, if they beat Wolves. No club has ever not won the league in the Premier League era with more than 90 points, while Liverpool’s previous best tally was 86 points in 2008-09.
Liverpool have lost just once all season and will be praying for a favour from Chris Hughton’s men, although City have won all of their last 13 league games since January 29 and have conceded just three times in that spell.
Duffy came through the youth academy of Liverpool’s rivals Everton and is understood to be a Toffees fan but insists he will ignore the pleas of his friends who follow the Blues because Brighton have designs on doing their all to end City’s winning streak.
While the south coast club assured themselves of their Premier League status recently, they are keen for the “big buzz” of beating Pep Guardiola and co. – particularly after losing in the FA Cup semi finals to City last month.
“When you play them it’s about having to deal with constant pressure upon pressure, they come at you from everywhere, and it’s such a difficult game,” Brighton Player of the Year Duffy said.
“All the players are excited to spoil the party. I’ve had a few Everton fans texting me, telling me to let them through but I’m professional.
“I’m not at Everton any more. I’m at Brighton and this is my club now. We can’t really get sucked into what favours we do for some people and not for others.
“I’m sure Crystal Palace fans didn’t want their own team to win against Cardiff last weekend [to confirm Brighton’s safety from relegation] but we’re footballers. We have a job to do.
“They [City] have world-class players used to handling the pressure and, in truth, if anyone had offered them the chance to beat Brighton to win the league at the start of the season, they’d have taken it.
“But we want to beat one of the best teams in the world and do this club proud. That would give us a big buzz.
“We did quite well against them in the semi-final, and even in the first game in the Premier League [a 2-0 City win] we felt we were in it.
“If we can play like we did in the second half at Wembley then you never know. We’re going to have to defend very well again and be hard to break down.
“It’s 90 minutes’ concentration, similar to the Tottenham game. It’s going to be a lot of defending, blocked shots and saves from the goalkeeper.
“Hopefully we can take our chances this time and give our own fans a day to remember.”