Liverpool v Manchester City - Preview
A critical week is coming to an end for Manchester City as they make the short trip to Anfield on Sunday night to face the league leaders Liverpool. Can Pep Guardiola and City bounce back from the loss in Paris and make it two out of three from a tough week or can Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp benefit from their opponents difficult playing schedule. Watch the game live on Star Sports Network and check out Betfair Sportsbook for odds on Sunday’s heavy clash.
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Top of the table clash at Anfield
Liverpool’s encounter with Brentford last weekend was one of the most entertaining matches so far this season. As good as the offensive line with Salah, Mane and Jota was, as shaky and disorientated was the defense. Brentford caused big trouble for Liverpool with their direct way of playing and on a day when neither Matip nor Van Dijk were on their best Liverpool was unable to get three points.
Last time Manchester City visited Anfield was in February last season. Then Manchester City was rushing towards the league title, and nothing seemed to stop Pep Guardiola’s team. Liverpool on the other hand was experiencing a nightmare in the league as the center back crises forced them to line up with Henderson and Fabinho in front of Alisson. The game ended 4-1 and it was one of few heavy defeats for Liverpool at home ground since Klopp’s arrival.
The game on Sunday night will be key for both teams in pursuit of the league title. Liverpool and Manchester City are believed to be up there fighting for the Premier League title this season and Sunday’s match could give us an early indication on how it’s going to end.
Liverpool comes from a trip to Portugal where they took on FC Porto in the Champions League. Trent Alexander Arnold was among the players who didn’t make the trip south, and it doesnt look like the defender will be available for Sunday's match. Apart from that it’s only Thiago who’s confirmed out ahead of Sunday’s match which means that Jürgen Klopp will be able to field a close to unchanged starting eleven to the one facing Brentford one week ago.
Prel Line-ups: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Milner; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Mané, Jota, Salah
For Manchester City this will be the third and final match of an extremely testing week. Ilkay Gündogan is the only player to be confirmed out with an injury which gives Pep Guardiola plenty of options ahead of Sunday’s match. City has the best defensive record in the Premier League so far and this will be vital when facing a furious home side at Anfield.
Prel Line-Ups: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Walker; Silva, Rodri, Bruyne; Grealish, Torres, Mahrez
Author: Ramesh Singh