Liverpool vs Man City Preview and Selections

  • Potential classic in store at Anfield

  • Coutinho-less Reds search for huge victory

  • Will unstoppable City finally be defeated?

Match Preview

Occasionally, a Premier League match comes along that promises to be a genuine classic - Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield is one of them. These are the two most attacking, entertaining sides in the country, and if they go hammer and tong at each other, we could witness something special. September’s game at the Etihad was ruined by Sadio Mane’s unlucky sending off, but hopefully, a more enjoyable spectacle occurs this time around.

This is the Reds trickiest home game of the season, with City still unbeaten in the league, and playing some of the most unplayable football of the Premier League era. Pep Guardiola will be fully aware that his side are coming up against top class opposition in their own right, however, with Jurgen Klopp’s men capable of beating anyone on their day.

It was a very productive festive period for the two clubs, with neither team losing and progression to the FA Cup fourth round secured, and they will be desperate to keep up their current momentum in Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated clash. It could be decided by a moment of magic from one of the many great individuals on show.

Philippe Coutinho may have left Liverpool for Barcelona, but Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino can do serious damage, along with a strong supporting cast, while City have a plethora of attacking talent to wreak havoc in the final third. All eyes will be on Virgil van Dijk, following his record signing and subsequent match-winning debut against Everton in the cup, and how he deals with City’s forwards could be key to the final outcome.

It is very difficult to see this not being a wonderful game of football - can Liverpool end City’s dreams of being the new ‘Invincibles’?

Last 5 Head To Head (All Competitions)

09/09/17
Man City 5 - 0 Liverpool
19/03/17
Man City 1 - 1 Liverpool
31/12/16
Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City
02/03/16
Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City
28/02/16
Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City

5 Match Form (Premier League)

Liverpool

W W W D W

Man City

W D W W W

Team and Injury News

Salah is expected to return to the side, having recovered from a knee injury, which is a major boost for Liverpool ahead of such a high-profile game. Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson are all still absent, although the latter pair are now very close to being able to start again for the Reds.

Sunday’s team almost picks itself for Klopp, following an eight-day break for his players. Simon Mignolet is likely to start in goal, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Van Dijk and Andrew Robertson at the back. Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum should start in the middle of the park, and with Mane, Salah and Firmino in attack, the only selection headache is whether to play James Milner, Adam Lallana or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the third midfielder.

City are in relatively good health, although Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus are all missing.


Predicted Line Up

Liverpool

  1. Mignolet

  2. Gomez

  3. Matip

  4. Van Dijk

  5. Robertson

  6. Can

  7. Wijnaldum

  8. Oxlade-Chamberlain

  9. Salah

  10. Mane

  11. Firmino

Substitutes: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Solanke

Man City

  1. Ederson

  2. Walker

  3. Stones

  4. Otamendi

  5. Delph

  6. Fernandinho

  7. De Bruyne

  8. D. Silva

  9. Sterling

  10. Sane

  11. Aguero

Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Mangala, Zinchenko, Toure, Gundogan, B. Silva

Key Match Statistics

Liverpool have only lost once in their last 29 clashes with Man City at Anfield - a 2-1 defeat in may 2003


Virgil van Dijk will become the most expensive player to ever feature in a league game for the Reds

Sergio Aguero is still searching for his first ever goal at Anfield

Key Player

Sadio Mane

The Senegalese has not hit top form this season, by his own very high standards, but there were signs of him returning to his best against Everton last time around. The 25-year-old can be an unpredictable player at times - you know exactly what you are going to get from Salah and Firmino, which isn’t always the case with Mane - but Liverpool need him at his unplayable best on Sunday. A sloppy showing could go a long way towards a negative result for the Reds, but on the flip side, he has the ability to run City ragged. Let’s hope he is revved-up and raring to go at Anfield, following his momentum-sapping red card at the Etihad.

Fan Prediction

Liverpool 2-2 Man City

As mentioned, this could be a genuine classic, with goals flowing and attacking football very much the order of the day. The Reds won’t quite have enough to get the better of their outstanding opponents, but they will give them a major examination. Guardiola’s men will thrive against a similarly positive team, taking advantage of the space left on the counter-attack and finding the net a few times. A share of the spoils will leave the two managers fairly content.

Best Match Odds For Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool 2/1

Draw 11/4

Man City 23/20

My Tips for the Match

Over 3.5 goals - 6/5 Ladbrokes

Sergio Aguero to score anytime - 10/11

Liverpool +1 goal handicap - 13/20 - William Hill

My Best Bet for the Liverpool v Man City Match

A penalty in the match - 23/10 Betfair