Liverpool vs Manchester City is the upcoming heavyweight clash as Manchester City travel to face the now currently shaky and 11th-placed Liverpool side on Saturday.
Date, Location and Kick-Off:
Liverpool vs Manchester City is scheduled for a 4.30pm BST kick-off time on Sunday October 16 2022, Anfield in Liverpool will host.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Match Preview:
A rampant City side face a Liverpool team in poor form, so on paper Pep’s men should be confident of another win.
But an impressive 7-1 win over Rangers in the Champions League in midweek will give the Reds fresh impetus.
Mohamed Salah hasn’t been at his red-hot best so far this season, but a six-minute hattrick at Ibrox will see him going into this game raring to go.
Striker Roberto Firmino has also been in great form recently, but at the other end of the pitch Virgil van Dijk and co. will have to be at their best to keep out Erling Haaland.
Manchester City have scored 13 goals in their last three matches and the big Norwegian striker was rested in midweek as the Citizens drew a blank in Copenhagen.
Pep’s squad is close to full strength while Jurgen Klopp has a number of injury concerns to overcome.
Will a rejuvenated Liverpool find a way to stop City or will the Blues continue their charge to the top of the table?
The Anfield treatment room is well-stocked ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash, as Arthur Melo, Luis Diaz, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain out of contention for Liverpool, but Curtis Jones is in with a chance of featuring.
Andy Robertson was able to come off the bench in the Champions League win over Rangers and is now primed to replace Kostas Tsimikas at left-back, with Joe Gomez deputising for Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank.
Once again, Klopp is facing the 4-3-3 vs. 4-2-3-1 dilemma for the visit of the champions, but none of Salah, Nunez, Firmino or Diogo Jota – who set up all of Salah’s goals in midweek – deserve to be dropped.
However, the Liverpool boss may ultimately side with the 4-3-3 amid fears of his crop being overrun in midfield, with Firmino possibly being the unlucky one to take up a spot on the bench.
The Man City infirmary is nowhere near as full as Liverpool’s, and Guardiola has confirmed that Erling Braut Haaland will be fine to lead the line after being rested as a precaution in midweek.
However, the game will come too soon for the trio of John Stones, Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker, but Aymeric Laporte is likely to drop out of the defence as Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake return alongside Manuel Akanji and Joao Cancelo.
Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva are also set to earn recalls to the starting lineup, which could see Ilkay Gundogan demoted down to the bench, unless Guardiola opts to drop Jack Grealish and field Silva in a more advanced position.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head to Head:
Liverpool wins: 107
Manchester City wins: 58
- City have won four league titles since Pep Guardiola took over in 2016 while Liverpool have won only one despite losing fewer games in that period.
- Guardiola’s City (2.36) and Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool (2.19) are the only two Premier League teams to average at least two points per game since the start of the 2016-17 season. The next best club is Chelsea (1.94).
- City have scored 80 more goals and conceded 24 fewer than Liverpool since Guardiola took charge at the club.
- The average age of Liverpool’s starting lineup is over 28 years old — the oldest since Klopp took charge. The average age was just over 25 in the 2015-16 season.
- Liverpool have 12 points fewer in eight games than they took in comparable fixtures last season while City have three points more in nine games.
- Liverpool have conceded the first goal in six of their eight matches this season, winning only one and drawing three of those. Last season they won four and drew two after conceding the first goal in the last six matches they went behind.
- Guardiola’s City have taken only five points out of a possible 18 at Anfield but have not lost there since Liverpool won the league in 2019-20 (W1 D1).
- Liverpool have lost four times to Guardiola’s City in the Premier League — more than against any other team.
Liverpool:(4-2-3-1)Alisson; Gomez, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Carvalho, Firmino.
Manchester City:(4-2-3-1)Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, De Bryne, Grealish, Haaland.