Liverpool v Manchester City – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

There’s still a long way to go in the Premier League title race but today’s blockbuster clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield will go a long way to deciding who lifts the trophy, writes WILLIAM KEDJANYI.

Liverpool – before Arsenal’s win against Brentford yesterday – were top of the table and lead City by a point. Win today and Pep Guardiola’s side would require a two game swing across the last ten games, a key difference given their relentless form.

Liverpool’s home record, especially against Manchester City (the Reds have lost only one of their last 20 home league games against City) gives them realistic hope of striking a hammer blow on paper but in such a high-intensity campaign squad depth makes a huge difference and that might be the key factor this afternoon.

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Liverpool v Manchester City
Premier League
Anfield, Liverpool
15:45 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
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NOV 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
APR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Liverpool
DEC 2022 EFL CUP Manchester City 3-2 Liverpool
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City
NOV 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
AUG 2019 COMMUNITY SHIELD Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

After a bruising couple of weeks which brought EFL Cup success, Liverpool are currently without Joel Matip, Alisson, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago. Klopp named a strong side in midweek when they thumped Sparta Prague 5-1, but Ibrahima Konate suffered a suspected muscle strain in that defeat, a major blow when facing City’s attacking onslaught.

Klopp did give minutes to Dominik Szoboszlai and Mo Salah in midweek, and both should improve for that outing, but it would be doubtful that both will be at their peak form here given their lack of game time in recent weeks.

Liverpool’s young guns – especially Conor Bradley, James McConnell, Bobby Clark and Jarrell Quansah – have stepped upto the task in fine style but they were on the ropes against Chelsea in the EFL Cup final and needed the latest of goals to take the points from Nottingham Forest last week in the Premier League.

City – blessed with the deepest all round squad – have nothing like the same amount of injury concerns and appear to have hit full stride based on their recent performances, thumping Luton 6-2 in the FA Cup before dominant 3-1 successes in the Manchester Derby and over Copenhagen in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

Kevin de Bryune looks back to his pre-injury best, Erling Haaland –


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to open the scoresheet today – is in his best form of the season and the metronomic Rodri will be sure to play a crucial role if Liverpool are even slightly off their best in midfield.

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The Anfield atmosphere and Liverpool’s quality will of course play a part, but Manchester City aren’t likely to get a better chance to take victory from Anfield and their superior squad options can help them strike a massive blow here. Both teams have scored in their last six games, so take city to win and both teams to score as backup at 12/5 with starsports.bet.

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Author: Eugene Morris