The 2012 Premier League champions visit Anfield to meet this season's league leaders on Sunday and the Argentine full-back is hopping to keep quiet the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling in order to produce a clean sheet.
City are currently four points behind the Reds with two games in hand and Zabaleta is well aware of the magnitude of this particular encounter.
"Liverpool score a lot of goals - we know they have great players in front with (Luis) Suarez, (Raheem) Sterling, (Daniel) Sturridge. They are in a great, great moment," Zabaleta said.
"I think we must work really hard not to concede any goal. But we have defended well for a few weeks - not conceding many goals.
"We know Anfield is always a very tough place to go and get points. The atmosphere there is fantastic. It will be a great game.
"Every single game now is going to be like a final. We have belief. I think we have a great team to make success this season but it is not going to be very easy."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball