Preview: Liverpool v Man City

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Liverpool play familiar opposition in the third game of their US tour on Wednesday night when they face Premier League rivals Manchester City. Ben Twelves previews the friendly clash. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool v Man City
Wednesday, 30th July 2014, 7pm EST (Midnight UK)

Liverpool are in New York City for their third game in a week on what is proving to be a demanding pre-season tour for the Reds. They will be looking to build on Sunday evening’s performance which saw them claim a 1-0 win over Olympiacos in the ‘Guinness International Cup’.

Rodgers’ side arrived in New Jersey on Monday afternoon, where they are practicing at Princeton University ahead of the game.

Wednesday night will see Liverpool meet the club they ran so close in last season’s incredible title challenge and this time the Reds will be looking to go one better. Like Liverpool, Manuel Pelligrini’s side won their first game of the friendly tournament, breezing past AC Milan with a dominant 5-1 victory which positions them firmly at the top of Group B.

The clash will be played at Yankee Stadium – a ground that has seen capacity downsized from the original 49,600 to 33,400 for football games – which is situated in the south Bronx borough of the city. The stadium is set to become the home of the upcoming New York City Football Club that will compete in the MLS as of the 2015 season.

Football - Liverpool FC Preseason Tour 2014 - Olympiacos FC v Liverpool FC

Team News

The Liverpool squad thankfully seem to have come out of a niggly friendly encounter against the Greek champions’ unscathed, and everyone apart from the known absentees should be fit to play a part in the match.

Vice-captain Daniel Agger was missing from Sunday’s match-day squad having allegedly been sent home injured, prompting increased speculation of a potential departure from Anfield to Barcelona for the Danish international, as numerous reports have indicated and which now seems likely with the confirmed arrival of Dejan Lovren.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's Daniel Agger argues with 'Suso' Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Saenz De La Torre after Brondby IF score the opening goal during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the Croatian international prepares to fly out to join his new teammates – although Wednesday’s game is set to come too early for him to take part – Agger has been united with fellow injured teammate and subject of a move away from Liverpool, Fabio Borini, in heading back to Merseyside.

However, new signing Adam Lallana – who will unfortunately miss the rest of pre-season after being ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a knee ligament injury picked up in training – is seemingly to remain on the tour.

Late comers Mamadou Sakho and Simon Mignolet could receive their first minutes of pre-season in New York, as both have now joined up with the rest of the team and returned to training, completing the Liverpool squad.

Opposition

Liverpool know their opponents on Wednesday night all too well, having finished just two points behind them in the Premier League last season, but City have so far fielded much contrasting teams to that of routine Premier League fixtures.

Sunday’s win over Filipo Inzaghi’s Milan saw the City squad feature only six regular first team players – Aleksander Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Matija Nastasic, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Javi Garcia. New signing Fernando played a large part of the match which also included forgotten men Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair for a makeshift City.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2013: Manchester City's James Milner in action against Arsenal during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Manager Pelligrini has confirmed that none of the World Cup participants who have joined up with the squad will play on Wednesday night, meaning that delayed arrivals David Silva, Yaya Toure, James Milner, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart are all set to miss the game.

City have won 3 of 4 fixtures of their pre-season campaign so far and have recorded victories in both matches while out in the US – beating Sporting Kansas City 4-1 and Liverpool’s opponents next Saturday, Milan and the match on Wednesday night will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.

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