Manchester City will visit Anfield this Sunday as Pep Guardiola & Co. will be seeking for revenge against Liverpool. On 14 January 2018, Liverpool ended City’s unbeaten run of last season followed by knocking them out from the Champions League.
The Reds on the other hand may have been unbeaten this season but their so called deadly trio seems to have lost their touch and their performance against Napoli in the Champions League defeat on Wednesday just gave us the reality check on where they stand as of now.
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When & Where?
Date: Sunday, 7 October
Kick-off: 4:30pm BST
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy are in the frame ahead of City’s League clash with Liverpool. Fabian Delph is still unavailable. City Boss will make a late check on Ilkay Gundogan before the match, who suffered with a leg problem in the away win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee with a ruptured Achilles.
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Naby Keita who was stretchered off during the Champions League loss to Napoli on Wednesday could still yet be available for the game. Divock Origi has recovered from an ankle problem while central defender Virgil van Dijk has shaken off a rib injury.
Jordan Henderson is in contention to start the game while Adam Lallana is back in full training after a groin problem.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
Pep Guardiola: “We try (not to concede) but sometimes you cannot,” Pep explained. “I didn’t like concede to Hoffenheim in the first minute either.
“The other option is to stay back and defend for 90 minutes but I don’t believe in that.
“The problem (against Liverpool) in Premier League (last season) is that we conceded three goals in five or six minutes and we have to avoid doing that.
“We have to score at Anfield, but they are going to score too – it’s quite complicated. If we don’t score we won’t win.”
Jurgen Klopp: “We have to be spot on, on our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal,” the Liverpool boss said during his press conference.
“It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it.
“We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think ‘now we know how to beat them’.”
Manchester City: Ederson; Laporte, Kompany, Otamendi, Walker; David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva; Sane, Aguero,
Liverpool: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah. Sterling.