Sunday’s Premier League action rounds off with a mouth-watering showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.
Last season’s doomed quadruple chase seems to have crushed Liverpool’s spirits, as they’ve experienced an underwhelming league start by their high standards.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have mustered just in the opening eight Premier League matches (D4, L2) and are winless in the last three in a row (D2, L1), including a 3-2 defeat away to Arsenal last weekend.
However, the Reds did well to recover from a morale-damaging loss at the Emirates Stadium by picking Rangers apart in midweek Champions League action, cruising to an emphatic 7-1 triumph at Ibrox.
In addition to handing their shuttered confidence a massive boost, Liverpool welcomed standout forward Mohamed Salah back to the scoresheet.
Subbed on midway through the second half, the Egyptian superstar needed just five minutes to bag a hat-trick and set himself up nicely for Man City’s visit.
Unlike their hosts, Pep Guardiola’s team faltered in their Champions League outing on Tuesday as Sergio Gomez’s first-half expulsion helped Copenhagen hold them to a scoreless draw in Denmark.
With Erling Haaland rested at Parken Stadium, the Cityzens were held goalless for the first time this season but still cemented their place in the Champions League knock-out stages.
Back to domestic proceedings, Guardiola will reintegrate the free-scoring Norwegian striker, who has bagged a staggering 15 goals in just nine Premier League appearances, into the starting line-up.
Haaland’s talismanic performances in front of goal have provided the backbone for Man City’s nine-match unbeaten start to their Premier League title defence (W7, D2).
Liverpool are not only unbeaten in their last four competitive meetings with Man City (W2, D2) but scored at least twice on all four occasions, including a 2-2 draw in this corresponding fixture in 2021/22.
If they replicate the same feat here, the Reds will become the first club to net 2+ goals in five consecutive matches against sides managed by Guardiola.
Of all Liverpool players, Salah will have the biggest motive to help Klopp’s team achieve a historic milestone at Anfield as he aims to halt a frustrating five-game scoring drought in the Premier League.
Man City have collected four points from their last two Premier League away clashes against Liverpool, just one fewer than they had earned in their 17 visits to Anfield beforehand (D5, L12).
So Guardiola will be enthusiastic about the prospect of extending his side’s eye-catching 21-match unbeaten league streak (W16, D5) and keep up with table-topping Arsenal.
Adding to the visitors’ confidence, they’ve not lost a single Premier League match on hostile turf since a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on the opening 2021/22 weekend, going unbeaten in 22 such games since.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Potential Line-ups
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish.
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Liverpool vs Manchester City Prediction
Man City are riding the crest of a wave at the moment, but it would be silly to write Liverpool off before the kick-off, especially considering they’ll play at Anfield.
Since both teams boast a wealth of attacking potential and are no strangers to producing memorable, high-scoring contests, we expect an action-packed affair on Merseyside.
Another ‘goal-friendly’ draw could be the order of the day.
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
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