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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City

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Premier League title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City lock horns at Anfield, with the game being scheduled at 17:30 (CET) on Sunday night.

All eyes are on Anfield this weekend, as Liverpool host Manchester City in an encounter labeled as “the game of the season”.

The European against the English champions, a clash of two tactical masterminds with two different philosophies – Jurgen Klopp’s “heavy metal” football vs Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka.

Liverpool are heading into the fixture on the back of a fantastic start of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, as they have collected 31 points from 33 available, noting 10 wins and a draw in the opening 11 rounds of the season.

The Merseyside Reds are looking to lift their first English League title in 30 years and prevent Manchester City from becoming only the second side to have won three Premierships in a row.

A late, turn-around win at Aston Villa, thanks to Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane last Saturday made sure Liverpool host the reigning champions with a six-point lead on the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola’s side also faced a 1-0 half-time deficit in their most recent league outing against Southampton and fought back to a vital 2-1 victory before their trip to Merseyside this weekend.

The Citizens know a defeat at Anfield is not an option if they want to keep their hopes for a third successive Premier League title alive.

Team news

Nathaniel Clyne (knee injury), Joel Matip (knee injury) and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf problem) are Liverpool’s confirmed absentees for the clash with the Premier League title holders.

Virgil van Dijk, who was absent from training on Thursday “for other reasons” according to manager Jurgen Klopp is fully fit to lead the Reds’ defense against the best attack in the league, while club captain Jordan Henderson has recovered from illness.

Guardiola has been hit with a minor injury crisis before the most important game of the season, as goalkeeper Ederson is set to miss out on Sunday evening with a thigh injury he sustained in the midweek draw at Atalanta.

David Silva looks unlikely to play due to a muscular injury of his own, along with long-term absentees Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, while Rodri and Zinchenko should also remain on the sidelines.


Liverpool have only lost one of their last 28 top-flight home games against Man City (1-2 in May 2003), and are unbeaten in their last 16 against them at Anfield in the Premier League (W11 D5).

However, Manchester City have only lost one of the last five Premier League meetings, noting two wins and two draws in the other four.

The Reds have won more Premier League games against reigning champions than any other side in the competition’s history (21). Indeed, they haven’t lost at home in such a match since December 2007 (0-1 vs Man Utd), winning six and drawing five since.

They are unbeaten in 28 Premier League matches, winning 19 of the past 20. Their only defeat in 50 league fixtures came against Manchester City in early January.

Manchester City have lost two of their opening 11 league fixtures – no team managed by Pep Guardiola has suffered three top-flight defeats before the 15th match of a season.

Liverpool have won a league-high 10 points from losing positions this season. The Reds have won their last two Premier League games despite conceding the first goal – they’ve never done so in three consecutive games in the competition before.