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Match Forecast: Liverpool vs Manchester City

Following their exploits in the FA  and EFL Cup, normal service resumes as Liverpool host Manchester City in a 4pm kick-off this Sunday.

The last time the sides met was back in early September when Pep Guardiola’s side won convincingly 5-0. Jurgen Klopp’s side were firmly in the game until Sadio Mane saw red for a reckless challenge on Ederson Moraes. From that moment on, City ran riot!  

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Liverpool currently occupy the last Champions League qualification spot and with the North London duo breathing down their necks, winning is the only option for the Merseyside outfit. A win for them will end Manchester Citys opportunity to eclipse ‘The Invincibles’ of the 2003-04 season.

As for Manchester City, they have a 15-point lead at the top of the table – which is difficult to catch, and though the league title is thought to be already wrapped up, Guardiola will be thinking otherwise.

This’ll be the first time Liverpool will be without their talismanic goal machine, Philippe Coutinho. Though they have goals in Mohamed Salah.

Team news

Mohamed Salah will be fit play, though whether he’ll start is yet to be decided. Virgil van Dijk isn’t guaranteed to start and both Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno are likely to miss this encounter through injury.

On the Manchester City front, Vincent Kompany is a doubtand  Gabriel Jesus is set to return within 2-3 weeks.

Projected XIs:

After asking fans of both clubs, here’s what they’ve chosen:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Can Lallana, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Sane, Aguero

Prediction

The away side haven’t beaten Liverpool at Anfield since May 2003. A second-half opener from former Anfield favourite Milan Baros couldn’t stop his side from conceding two late goals with both coming from another Anfield man Nicolas Anelka (older City fans may know him).

Whether that may play into the hands of Liverpool, I don’t know, but I’d say that’s the reason why Liverpool have the edge.

Given that Guardiola’s side have dropped only four points all season, I can’t see a reason why they’ll lose here.

I’m going for a draw here as its tough for me to predict a winner.

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