Liverpool were off to a flying start this campaign until last week when they were knocked out by Chelsea from League Cup followed by a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in a crucial Premier League encounter. They were shambolic against Napoli on Wednesday night but are now eyeing to be back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon against the reigning Champions Manchester City who are in fine rhythm and occupying the top of the table spot ahead of the Reds on goal difference.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have struggled at Anfield even after their Middle East takeover and the disappointment continued last season under Pep Guardiola when the Citizens witnessed humiliation on repeated occasions. The charismatic Spaniard, however, is aware of Liverpool’s limitations, particularly the fatigue within the squad due to a lack of rotation might work out well for the visitors to break the jinx after years of failed attempts.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Team News:
Adam Lallana, who was supposed to return towards the end of the previous month, is yet to recover fully and unlikely to be back in contention before the upcoming international break. Naby Keita was stretchered off versus Napoli with a back injury but has been declared fit to join the group and might even return to action on Sunday afternoon.
Guardiola was coy over the availability of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy as the duo returned to full training this week. Ilkay Gundogan, however, is a major doubt after suffering a hamstring strain against Hoffenheim this midweek. Fabian Delph is uncertain with a knock whereas Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo continue to be sidelined for lengthy spells.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Probable Lineups:
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita.
Subs: Arijanet Muric, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Danilo, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Last Meeting:
Their last Premier League meeting at Anfield ended in a 7-goal thriller in favour of the Reds who won 4-3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener was cancelled out by Leroy Sane in the first half. However, thee quick goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah made it 4-1 for the hosts after the break. City netted twice in closing minutes thanks to the strikes from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but could not grab a result despite a late resurgence.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Head-To-Head Stats:
Liverpool Win: 104
Manchester City Win: 54
Liverpool vs Manchester City Key Players:
Liverpool’s lethal front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has underperformed so far. The City tie, however, will hand them a golden opportunity to make it to the scoresheet and regain confidence. Custodian Alisson Becker and the defensive duo of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have formed a resilient backline but need to contain the likes of Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling who will be threatening the hosts time and again.
The presence of David Silva in the middle of the park is a massive boost for the Citizens. Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner, therefore, must take care of the midfield game for the Merseysiders.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Current Form ( Latest Result First):
Manchester City: W-W-W-W-L-W
Liverpool vs Manchester City Betting Odds ( Subject To Change):
Manchester City: 17/10
Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Streaming:
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