Manchester City vs Liverpool: Match Preview
Liverpool will aim to make it three wins on the trot as they head to the Etihad, with hopes of a top four finish vastly increased for however, if anyone, comes out on top. Their record against the top six should provide some confidence, with the Reds unbeaten in nine league games this season, recording five wins.
The attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho has proved a nightmare to defend against, with Firmino’s energy to press from the front indicative of Klopp’s gegenpressing style. The German will be hoping to see similar results as he did when City came to Anfield earlier in the season, with a goal from Georginio Wijnaldum the difference between the two sides.
City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in domestic competitions, with their last defeat coming on January 15th. Guardiola’s side have gained rave reviews for their very attack minded style of football this season, something which could cause real problems for Klopp’s leaky defence.
Their exit from the Champions League in midweek would have been of huge disappointment, but a win at the weekend would help in their bid to secure a top four spot.
Head To Head
Manchester City have lost five of the last six Premier League meetings while also failing to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 games against Liverpool in all competitions.
A 4-1 win for Liverpool at the Etihad last season is the Reds’ only win in the last seven meetings in Manchester. A win on Sunday would see them be the first team to do the double over Guardiola’s side.
Manchester City could hand starts to Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi after the duo dropped to the bench on Wednesday against Monaco. Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan remain long term absentees.
Liverpool will be hoping Roberto Firmino is fit enough to start after missing out against Burnley with a minor injury. The Brazilian has produced some terrific performances against the top six this season and will be pivotal for Klopp’s side. If unavailable, the Reds could have a selection dilemma, with Divock Origi doubtful due to illness and injury and Sturridge still on the sidelines.
Dejan Lovren returned to training for Liverpool after sustaining an injury and featured for the Under 23’s on Monday night in a bid to prove his fitness.
Liverpool have a terrific record against the top six this season, and with Arsenal suffering another defeat they have a big chance to cement a place in the top four.
However, Guardiola’s side have shown what an attacking threat they carry and with the Reds’ defensive woes a persistent feature of their campaign, I can’t see there being a clean sheet for either side. A point would be a good result for Klopp.
Predicted Score: City 1-1 Liverpool
Written by Leanne Prescott