For City, this is about the Premier League title, whereas for Leicester, this is another game where they try to push for seventh - their aim for the season.
However, Benitez who fell short of winning the league in 2008/2009, has made it clear he will not be helping his former team by offering up three crucial points.
"I think mentally we shouldn't be affected", Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk said after his side's valiant performance in Barcelona was ruined by two late Messi goals to seal a 3-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg win for the Spanish champions. The players and manager will want to win. I don't think it will affect them really, they fought a lot for this season. "The point is that we want to progress".
The race for the remaining two slots in the Premier League top four, which gives entry to next season's Champions League, is the one nobody apparently wants to win.
Arsenal, who have lost their past three league games, are on 66 points, with Manchester United, still in the race despite a woeful run of form, a further point behind.
Victory would take the Merseysiders back to the top of the table ahead of City's clash with Leicester on Monday. There's still plenty of things left to decide including the eventual title victor, who will claim the final top four spot and who will join Huddersfield and Fulham in the Championship next season.
Rodgers also came close to ending Liverpool's wait for the title when his side finished 2nd in 2013-14, but City boss Pep Guardiola says he "cannot imagine" either manager not wanting to win their match this weekend. "You just don't know in football".