Liverpool vs Manchester City: Premier League match preview, team news, likely line-ups, plus more

The Big One

It promises to be a stunning clash between the title contenders at Anfield

One of the most anticipated games of the Premier League season takes place on Sunday as Anfield hosts the huge showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Reds haven’t won any of their last three fixtures, having lost to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, drawn with the same opponents in the league, and then lost to Napoli in the Champions League.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte in action against Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte in action against Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

And now their biggest rivals for the title are set to arrive on Merseyside for another titanic tussle following their epic battles last season in both the English top-flight and Europe.

Jurgen Klopp’s side do have an incredible record against Pep Guardiola’s side since he came to the Premier League, losing just once and winning four, out of the six encounters across two seasons.

But can the Spaniard right the wrongs and extend the Reds’ poor run of form?

What are the managers and players saying?

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “You have to be ready, you need a fantastic football team  which I  have, thank God  with an outstanding character, ready for being brave, ready for making mistakes against an outstanding opponent. That’s it and then it can work, that’s all we need to know. But I said it before, always someone is telling me, ‘Good luck for Sunday’, and I think always, unfortunately, we need it.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in coaches his side in the Champions League against Napoli.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in coaches his side in the Champions League against Napoli.

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City): “In these kind of games you need a lot of things to come together – you need a little bit of luck, a good performance, you need to be clinical and defend well, and that goes for both teams.

“But it’s too close, I think, to actually make any big statements. That’s what makes this game so interesting.”

Team news:

Naby Keita’s is doubt for the match after his midweek back spasm but, than this, Klopp only has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana sidelined.

Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan walks off the pitch injured.

Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan walks off the pitch injured.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have suffered a blow with Ilkay Gundogan a major doubt for the match with a hamstring issue he picked up in the Champions League against Hoffenheim. Kevin De Bruyne is back in training and could feature, along with Benjamin Mendy, while Claudio Bravo remains absent with a long-term issue.

Predicted XIs:

Liverpool team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Van Dijk; Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Manchester City team: Ederson; Walker, Mendy, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, B. Silva, D. Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane.

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