Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups
A Premier League box office clash will take place at Anfield on Sunday night, as dethroned champions Liverpool take on reigning champions Manchester City.
The two powerhouses currently rank first and second in the Premier League table after six games, with Jurgen Klopp’s side one point ahead of their title rivals at the top.
Jurgen Klopp wanted to emphasize that Liverpool’s previous thrashes against Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would count for nothing before their Champions League tie, but the Reds still managed to replicate their past performances with a 5-1 beating of the Sergio Conceicao’s men on Tuesday. .
The famed old guard of Mohamed Salah (2), Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane propelled their team to a dominant European triumph after their previous thrilling win over AC Milan, but the Reds were frustrated by a team inspired by Brentford at his most recent Premier League Meet.
Seeking to make Brentford Community Stadium a fortress, Thomas Frank’s team came back twice from a goal against to salvage a point against Klopp’s team in front of their own fans, with Yoane Wissa scoring the all-important sixth goal of the game at 82 minute of that tie 3-3.
However, that point was enough to see Liverpool climb to the top of the rankings after their next opponents did them a favor against Chelsea and Manchester United lost to Aston Villa, while their 15-goal tally scored as well. it is the highest in the division.
Klopp’s side are also unbeaten in 10 competitive games at Anfield and have scored at least three goals in each of their last six games since last month’s 3-0 win over Leeds United, but Pep Guardiola’s defense already he’s proving to be nearly impenetrable in the league to this day. finished.
Seeking to navigate their first true test of the season with flying colors, Man City traveled to Stamford Bridge on the back of a disappointing goalless draw with Southampton, but Guardiola’s men produced the goods when it mattered most.
Having held off Chelsea’s attack, Joao Cancelo’s attempt found its way into Gabriel Jesus’ path in the 53rd minute, and the Brazilian’s effort cut through a sea of bodies before reaching the back of the net for a 1- 0 potentially crucial. to win.
However, Guardiola’s midweek reunion with Lionel Messi was not so joyous, as the Argentine scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in some flair after Idrissa Gueye’s thunderous finale in the 2-0 victory in La Champions League, which is already City’s second as a visitor. defeat of the season.
Despite their European disappointment, City can certainly take solace in the fact that they have gone five Premier League games without conceding since their opening day loss to Tottenham Hotspur, with just one goal scored representing the best record in the league. division so far. .
There have been many delightful ties at Anfield over the years between these two clubs, with City marching to a 4-1 success in the 2020-21 season, and Liverpool can only boast of a win out of their last seven against. Guardiola’s team in all competitions. although that happened with Merseyside 3-1 in its triumphant 2019-20 season.