Liverpool v Man City: Team news, prediction & likely lineups

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/11/2019

Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday in the most hotly anticipated clash of the Premier League season so far. 

The hosts know that victory will see them go nine points clear of Pep Guardiola's side, while a Man City win narrows the gap to just three points. 

Both sides showed their remarkable winning mentality and never say die attitude in their most recent Premier League outings. Liverpool were still trailing 1-0 in the 87th minute, before scoring two late goals to secure victory over Aston Villa.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp is without Joel Matip but his center-back partner Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Jordan Henderson are both available despite missing training on Thursday, while Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri are still sidelined.

Former Barcelona coach will call on Claudio Bravo in goal with Ederson to miss the trip to Anfield due to injury.

Rodri and Aymeric Laporte are still injured, while David Silva is also unlikely to be fit but Guardiola has something of a selection headache up front as Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero both seek to get the nod.

Head to Head

The two sides have played each other 44 times over the course of the Premier League era. Liverpool have 19 victories, there have been 16 draws, and City have claimed all three points on nine occasions.

The most recent meeting was in the Community Shield in August, which Man City won on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Manchester City were unbeaten against Liverpool last season, drawing 0-0 at Anfield before securing a crucial 2-1 win at the Etihad. They were the only team to beat Jurgen Klopp's side during the entirety of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

Recent Form 

Liverpool's incredible start to the season shows no sign of letting up as they have won ten of their opening 11 Premier League ​fixtures and top the Premier League but only Manchester United have taken points off the Reds this season.

Cityzen meanwhile have won three on the bounce since losing to Wolves in October. They have dropped cheap points this season, also slipping to defeat against Norwich. 

However, Guardiola's side have been in ruthless form in front of goal, netting 34 goals in just 11 matches. No team in the Premier League has scored more.

Liverpool Predicted Likely Lineups: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Manchester City Predicted Likely Lineups: Bravo; Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; Fernadinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Sterling; Aguero.

Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City