Liverpool vs Manchester City: How Klopp's Liverpool can beat Guardiola's Man City

Liverpool will visit to Etihad to face Manchester City on Matchday 13 of the ongoing Premier League 2023-24.

Abishek Goswami
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Liverpool vs Manchester City: How Klopp's Liverpool can beat Guardiola's Man City

Manchester City are aiming to beat Liverpool in consecutive league fixtures for the first time since a four-match sequence between 1935 and 1937. Liverpool's only win in their past 14 Premier League games away to City was by 4-1 in November 2015 in Jurgen Klopp's first season in charge. The Reds' most recent victory at the Etihad Stadium was 2-1 in a Champions League quarter-final second leg in April 2018, sending them through 5-1 on aggregate.

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Liverpool and Manchester City's rivalry has gone to a new level in the last five years. After a disastrous last season, when Jurgen Klopp's side fell way short of their usual standards, they returned this season to their usual standards. The clubs occupy the top two slots in the Premier League before Saturday's meeting at the Etihad.

After last season's slipup, Liverpool are looking like a stable force and are breathing down the neck of Pep Guardiola's side. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also close behind but Liverpool looks better equipped to be the main challenger to City given Klopp's management ability.

City are still the best team in the league. They are at the top of the table without Kevin De Bruyne is a worrying thought. Liverpool and Arsenal are much closer and this matchweek will show how interesting the title race will be. Under Klopp, the only club that has gone head-to-head all the way in a title fight is the Liverpool team with confidence and momentum.

Where Liverpool can hurt Manchester City?

Chelsea forced Manchester City to play a crazy 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge when they capitalized on City's every mistake. Klopp's side have to play with the same level of intensity. They also have to beat the press when in possession. If they do that then Liverpool's prolific front line can cause some serious damage, especially with their pace, power, and talent on the counter-attack. City are magnificent but they haven't performed with the same level of control this season. They are clearly missing the match-winner like Ilkay Gundogan since he left and the magic of De Bruyne for his injuries.

Liverpool's camp are jumping high in the air for sure as Darwin Nunez is in tremendous goal-scoring form. His recent goal from Uruguay showed how tough he is to catch when breaking in behind, and the space behind City's defense should be the target.

Manchester City vs Liverpool: How both sides can lineup for the clash?

  • Manchester City's possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Silva, Rodri, Foden; Doku, Haaland, Grealish

  • Liverpool's possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Salah, Jota, Gakpo

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