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STAR PREVIEW Sun: Liverpool v Manchester City

At the beginning of the season Liverpool v Manchester City would have felt like a potential title decider but the two sides are going in opposite directions and City can deepen Jurgen Klopp’s woes with a win at Anfield.

Liverpool did almost cut back a 14-point gap to Pep’s side last season but defeat here would take that tally to 16 – surely an impossible amount to close – and the situation is very different this time round. Last year’s side, powered by Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, could rely on a core of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Thiago, Fabino and Virgil van Dijk, allowing their high pressing football to shine and pin opponents down.

This season their midfield – and now their defence – have been beset by injury, leaving them exposed defensively whilst Mo Salah’s struggles and Darwin Nunez’s struggle to adapt to English football have robbed them of crucial goals.

Salah reminded us of his talents when scoring a six-minute hat-trick in a 7-1 defeat of Rangers in midweek but apart from that burst two of his 10 goals this season have been penalties (another one against Rangers) and one of those strikes was against Niger with Egypt.

Goals in back-to-back games for Nunez could be a ray of light but the loss of Luis Diaz in a bruising 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last week was a hammer blow, putting more pressure on Roberto Firmino, the outstanding Liverpool forward of the season. The Brazilian (who now has nine goals and four assists in all competitions) has been outstanding, but he’s not been able to compensate for absences elsewhere and Klopp is definitely missing Luis Diaz, Joel Matip, Arthur, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold for this game while Ibrahima Konate and Curtis Jones are both doubts.

That means starts for James Milner and Joe Gomez in defence – both of whom have been exposed this season – and Manchester City can take advantage.

Liverpool v Manchester City
Premier League
Anfield, Liverpool
Sky Sports Main Event HD
Kick-Off: 16:30

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
JUL 2022 COMMUNITY SHIELD Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City
APR 2022 FA CUP Manchester City 2-3 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

The Citizens – who failed to win at Copenhagen with a changed team thanks to a missed penalty and disallowed goal – have made a flying start to the season, with seven Premier League wins from nine putting them just behind leaders Arsenal whilst they have one foot in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The incredible Erling Haaland – who has scored a barely believable 15 Premier League goals in 9 games – has given City a lethal new edge whilst Kevin De Bryune, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva are all flying in support.

City have not been totally invincible – They’ve drawn at Newcastle and Aston Villa this season – but they were arguably unlucky not to win both games, winning the shot and xG count clearly on both occasions, and will they find few better opportunities to take three points from Anfield.

They are worth backing at 10/11 and it might be worth adding the 29/20 on City winning with over 2.5 goals.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI


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