Liverpool and Man City meet at the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime, in a match that sees two attacking forces go head to head.
Man City vs. Liverpool
Saturday, September 9, 2017 — 12:30pm (BST)
Occasionally, a match comes along that has ‘thriller’ written all over it, and this weekend’s clash in Manchester certainly feels that way.
Liverpool’s meeting with City is the perfect way to start the Premier League weekend, in a game that pits two of the country’s most entertaining sides against one another.
The Reds and the Blues have started the season with seven points from a possible nine, and both will be keen to stay in touch with leaders Man United.
Everywhere you look, there are key battles to keep an eye on during Saturday’s clash, and the attacking talent on display is frightening.
Three points for Liverpool would be an enormous statement of intent and the perfect start to the weekend, but a draw must be seen as a positive result against the title favourites.
It will be a relentless 90 minutes of action, full of twists and turns.
Last meeting: Man City 1-1 Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho is back available but he will not be considered for the game.
Liverpool have been thriving without him, and with his match sharpness not at its best, it makes sense to leave him out.
The midfield and attack pick itself, with the solidity of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum the perfect foil for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino‘s flamboyance in the final third.
Raheem Sterling is missing for the hosts, after his controversial red card at Bournemouth, and captain Vincent Kompany is out injured. Kyle Walker is available after missing the win at Dean Court through suspension.
Long-term injury casualty Ilkay Gundogan may return to the squad, but Guardiola has no other notable absentees. Sergio Aguero may have to settle for a squad role with Gabriel Jesus preferred up front, summing up City’s current squad depth.
Away fans’ pubs: Around the ground is all City and not really advisable. Piccadilly has loads of ace pubs and only a decent walk/hop-in-taxi away.
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Singing ‘Where were you when you were shit’ only prompts rolled eyes and vicarious embarrassment. It’s pure Norwich.
Last 5 At City
Man City 1-1 Liverpool – March 19, 2017 (Aguero; Milner pen)
Man City 1-4 Liverpool – November 21, 2015 (Aguero; Mangala OG, Coutinho, Firmino, Skrtel)
Man City 3-1 Liverpool – August 25, 2014 (Jovetic x2, Aguero; Zabaleta OG)
Man City 2-1 Liverpool – December 26, 2013 (Kompany, Negredo; Coutinho)
Man City 2-2 Liverpool – February 3, 2013 (Dzeko, Aguero; Sturridge, Gerrard)
Did You Know?
Aguero has scored in all five appearances at home to Liverpool in the Premier League, but has never found the net at Anfield.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Man City – Last five results (all competitions)
In his pre-City press conference, Klopp’s discussed the versatility of Oxlade-Chamberlain:
“[He can play] a few positions. He’s a very good football player, good in small spaces, good in big spaces,” he said.
“You want to have him on the pitch as often as possible, and he fits really well in different lineups.
“In the system we play in this moment he can play four positions, both No. 8s and both wingers.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The match is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 11:30am (BST), with kick-off at 12:30pm.
Out matchday live blog will be in full swing from 11:45am – Henry Jackson is tasked with talking you through the action throughout the afternoon.